Phnom Penh Municipal Court in December 2021. (Ananth Baliga/VOD)

Underage Phone-Snatchers Tried in Phnom Penh Court

Two minors aged 14 and 15 were put on trial Tuesday morning for theft with violence after attempting to snatch a phone from a motorbike rider — a crime that happens three to four times a week in Phnom Penh, according to the capital’s police.

Workers compounds in Svay Rieng’s Bavet city on October 7, 2022. (Michael Dickison/VOD)

Echoes of Sihanoukville Troubles in Cambodian Border Town

As police raids have hit known scam locations and “illegal gambling” dens across the country, residents of casino haven Bavet say they have seen buses ferrying in hundreds of workers over the last few weeks to existing casinos and alleged scam compounds in the border town.

A police officer directs traffic in Sihanoukville on January 21, 2021. (Tran Techseng/VOD)

Two Falls From Sihanoukville Buildings Under Investigation

Preah Sihanouk provincial police are investigating two falls this week from two separate casino and hotel buildings, with a provincial deputy police chief removed last week from his position handling public security.

Interior Minister Sar Kheng attends a ministry meeting on February 2, 2022. (Sar Kheng's Facebook page)

Interior Minister Urges Crackdown on Sihanoukville Crime

Interior Minister Sar Kheng said he wasn’t supposed to be presiding over Preah Sihanouk province’s annual meeting this week. But issues of order and security — which “continue to happen endlessly” — compelled him to attend.

Weapons seized as part of a crackdown on 11 suspects for premeditated murder, illegal detention, extortion and illegal import of weapons in Preah Sihanouk. (National Police)

Spate of Violent Crimes Against Foreigners Nabs More Than 20 Suspects

Cambodian police investigated and detained more than 20 individuals in three separate criminal cases across the country in the last two weeks, where foreign victims were kidnapped, killed, illegally detained or in one case had their tourist bus intercepted by suspects.