Police in Siem Reap city’s Kauk Chork commune have arrested a suspect who allegedly rented more than 20 cars only to pawn them off and spend the money at a casino.
Eang Veasna, 25, was arrested by commune police on Sunday following a complaint from a victim who lost a Lexus SUV to the suspect who had only signed a rental agreement.
Aut Samben, deputy commune police chief, said yesterday the arrest followed several complaints from victims who lost their vehicles.
“He rented the cars from others. For example, he rented one car with a rental fee of about $500 but did not return it to the owner, who filed a complaint to us. We have only found one Lexus and one Highlander and there are more to be found,” he said.
Mr Veasna rented about 20 to 30 cars from different people and rented six cars in Kauk Chork commune alone, according to Mr Samben.
“He tricked them by saying he was renting the car to drive Korean and Chinese tourists. However, when he got the cars, he sold them on to others and took the money to gamble at the casino,” he said.
Mr Samben said the suspect would sell the car for a fraction of its value, about $2,000 or $3,000 if it was worth $5,000.
He added the suspect had been questioned once on Sunday and was due to be questioned further yesterday.
Commune police chief Rin Mon confirmed that the suspect was being questioned at the commune police office.
“The car owners have filed complaints to us. However, we cannot give the exact figures of the cars lost yet as we are still questioning him. There are a lot of cars,” he said.