A 35-year-old police officer was charged by the municipal court yesterday over the theft of a Chinese investor’s property in Phnom Penh.
Ly Sarith, a municipal military police officer, identified the suspect as Chap Meng, a police officer living in the capital’s Dangkor district who was charged with theft and has been sent to prison pending his trial.
Mr Sarith said that on March 16, the suspect applied for work as a Chinese interpreter and driver for Cheng Kuang Hui, the general manager of a Chinese garment factory in Phnom Penh. On March 20, after working only four days with Mr Cheng, Mr Sarith said the suspect stole Mr Cheng’s car and his property after he drove him to meet guests at a hotel in Phnom Penh.
“He was a policeman and also an experienced thief,” he said. “To steal the victim’s property, he applied for work as the victim’s personal driver and translator. But after knowing the victim well, he looted the victim’s property and fled.”
Mr Sarith said the suspect was arrested on Thursday. Following his arrest, military police seized the stolen vehicle, a Toyota Siena, which was returned to the victim.
He added that according to the victim’s complaint, the suspect stole a car, one laptop, one iPad, and more than $5,000 in multiple currencies.