Back online, finally!
Later we learnt Cambodian coppers will help you get your property back- so long as not much work is involved and you are prepared to 'tip' them for their services. How much? We are not sure; the Cambodians we asked guessed that the return of a couple of laptops would cost between US$ 20 to US$ 100. So you get robbed twice!
I was curious as to what would likely happen to the thief if he had been caught so I asked some of my students. One said, "Teacher, if he has money to pay the police they will let him go." Other students felt that this was a definite possibility.