Kandal Provincial Court yesterday charged a 21-year-old man with theft for stealing two tonnes of mangoes from a farm in Sa’ang district.
Deputy chief of Sa’ang district police Sok Chantha identified the suspect as Phy Phearun, from Khpob commune.
Mr Chanta said that on Tuesday afternoon the suspect disguised himself as the owner of a mango farm located in Khpob commune. The mango farm is actually owned by Preab Sina, 49.
According to police, the suspect secretly contacted buyers and sold the mangoes while pretending to be the owner.
“He was a clever thief. He disguised himself as the owner of the mango farm,” Mr Chanta said. “He sold the mangoes wholesale and made money from it.
“But the real owner eventually found out about it. The owner of the farm caught him and sent the man to us.”
He added that the suspect was arrested on Tuesday, when police seized nearly two tonnes of mangoes and one scale from him.
Bun Ly, a provincial police officer, said prosecutors charged Mr Phearun with theft and added that he faces six months to one year in prison if convicted.
He added that the suspect has been temporarily detained pending his trial.