A 32-year-old taxi driver was arrested and charged yesterday for allegedly stealing a Toyota Camry from a commune clerk in Kampong Thom province and using it as a taxi in Kratie province.
Bun Seng, a police officer with the municipal crimes investigation department in Phnom Penh, identified the suspect as Man Sateuk. He was arrested yesterday morning in the capital.
Mr Seng said that according to a police report, at about midnight on February 24, the suspect stole a Camry belonging to Sim Bunhour, 38, a commune clerk in Chreab commune in Kampong Thom province’s Santhuk district.
The car had been parked in front of Mr Bunhour’s house.
After stealing the victim’s car, the suspect took the car to his homeland in Kratie province and used it as a taxi, driving it regularly to and from Phnom Penh, according to Mr Seng.
“He stole the victim’s car and used it as a taxi,” he said. “He was arrested while driving the stolen car and bringing customers from Phnom Penh to Kratie province.”
He said police confiscated the stolen car and returned it to the victim. The suspect was later transferred to police in Kampong Thom province, which has jurisdiction over the case.
A Kampong Thom provincial police officer confirmed yesterday that the suspect was charged by Kampong Thom Provincial Court with theft.
He said Mr Sateuk has been sent to provincial prison pending his trial.