Preah Sihanouk provincial police on Monday arrested a police officer and his three accomplices, all suspected thieves, over the theft of 9 motorbikes.
Brigadier Basic Kol Phally, chief of provincial Basic Crimes Division, recognized the suspects as Tan Lengthy, 45, a provincial police officer and proprietor of a motorcycle pawn store in Sihanoukville, and his three accomplices Bo Vihear, 32, Hean Lihuy, 21, and Sok Dara, 16.
Brig Gen Phally mentioned that each one three suspects are skilled robbers, whose modus operandi was to journey on motorbikes within the evenings and steal motorbikes parked in entrance of eating places or on public streets within the metropolis.
Brig Gen Phally mentioned that at about 4pm on Monday, Mr Vihear and Mr Lihuy stole a Honda Scoopy bike from a person that parked it in entrance of a Caltex Gasoline’s Starmart.
After his bike was stolen, the sufferer alerted commune police, who then proceeded to seek for the suspects and the stolen car.
Brig Gen Phally mentioned that after stealing the sufferer’s bike, Mr Vihear and Mr Lihuy set off with the car to Mr Lengthy’s store, the place they had been to promote it, however had been as a substitute arrested by the police earlier than arriving.
“They had been arrested after they’ve travelled on the stolen bike and aimed to deliver it to be bought to Mr Lengthy, who was their boss,” he mentioned. “After their arrest, police seized the bike from them.”
Brig Gen Phally additional defined that Mr Vihear and Mr Lihuy’s confessions led to the arrest of Mr Lengthy and Mr Dara on the pawn store.
Police proceeded to examine Mr Lengthy’s store and seized eight different stolen motorbikes, six knives, two samurai swords, 9 telephones, two laptops, quite a few bike and automotive keys, drug-related paraphernalia, in addition to his police ID card.
A penal police official, who requested to not be named, mentioned yesterday that among the many 4 suspects, Mr Lengthy is accused by police with receiving stolen items and unauthorised possession of a weapon. He’s going through as much as three years in jail if convicted.
Mr Vihear, Mr Lihuy and Mr Dara are accused by police of theft with aggravating circumstances. They face 5 to eight years in jail if convicted.
The suspects are being detained on the provincial police station for additional investigation and will likely be despatched to Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court docket for questioning right this moment.