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Fake police accused of robbery spree

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Rith Sarith, 37, and Laing Vutha, 22, were arrested in Kandal province. Supplied

Police in Kandal province have arrested two fake policemen accused of involvement in 21 cases of robbery in three provinces and Phnom Penh.
Officers apprehended Rith Sarith, 37, and Laing Vutha, 22, on a dirt road in Ang Snoul district’s Prey Kralanh village on Saturday.
District deputy police chief Phach Phalla said the two were caught wearing fake police uniforms.
“We were not familiar with their faces and suspected them of wrongdoing, so we called them in for questioning,” he said.
“We tried to check but could not find which unit they were from. It turned out they were fake police who said they bought the uniforms from the area near the railway.”
Police said the pair confessed to involvement in 21 cases of bag snatching, break-ins and theft in three provinces and in the capital. Of these, four cases took place in Kandal, ten in Kampong Speu, three in Prey Veng and four in Phnom Penh.
According to the provincial police report, the two were part of a larger gang that was planning more crimes. Officers are now searching for their associates.
The suspects were sent to the provincial court on Monday and have been detained pending further investigation. One of the charges they are facing relates to organising a combat group.

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