Police Blotter: 8 June 2012

Police Blotter: 8 June 2012

Tuk-tuk driver saves day in roadside robbery
A tuk-tuk driver intervened to capture and detain two alleged phone-snatchers until authorities could arrive in the capital’s Daun Penh district on Tuesday. The tuk-tuk driver had witnessed the two suspects snatch a person’s phone on the side of the street and speed off on their motorbike. He trailed the suspects and caused them to crash so he could detain them until help arrived. The suspects were sent to hospital, where they were arrested by police. The victim and the police expressed their gratitude to the tuk-tuk driver for intervening. Kampuchea Thmey

Fake passengers rob, beat duped taxi driver
Police in Phnom Penh’s Tuol Kork district arrested two men for robbing a taxi driver on Wednesday night. Police said the men had pretended to be passengers and tricked the taxi driver into taking them to a remote location, where they beat and robbed him, stealing US$300, a mobile phone and a ring. The driver was sent to hospital and remains in a serious condition, while the two suspects, who confessed, were sent to jail to await trial. Kampuchea Thmey

Police go undercover to catch drug dealers
Undercover police officers posing as drug users arrested two men for drug trafficking in Kampong Cham town on Tuesday. Police said they had been following the suspects for some time, but lacked enough evidence to make an arrest. On the day of the incident, the officers pretended to be drug users and bought two packages of drugs from the suspects, then arrested them. The
duo confessed and said they had bought the drugs from another dealer. Police are investigating further. Rasmey Kampuchea

Five arrested in boozy nightclub altercation
A drunken brawl that erupted in a nightclub in the capital’s Sen Sok district on Tuesday resulted in the arrest of five men. Police said the fighting broke out between two groups of “gangsters” because of a jealous boyfriend. One man was seriously injured in the brawl and sent to hospital, but four others escaped. Koh Santepheap

Suspects in gunpoint robbery still at large
A grocery seller was robbed of nearly US$30,000 on Tuesday in Kampong Cham town. Police said two men entered her house, where she sold groceries, and threatened her with a gun. Nobody could help her because she was alone, and the two men made their escape. Police are investigating. Deum Ampil

Translated by Sen David

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