Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday sentenced two men from Belarus to six months in prison for attempting to break into an ATM machine in Daun Penh district last year.
Presiding Judge Seng Leang said Maksim Molocnkov, 30, and Alexander Bubenko, 39, were convicted of attempted theft.
“The court decided to sentence them to one year each but their sentences were reduced to six months in prison,” he said. “The court also fined them $500 each.”
Judge Leang said on November 27 at about 3am the two Belarus nationals went to an ABA ATM in Chey Chumneas commune wearing caps and balaclavas.
The judge said Mr Bubenko was outside as a lookout for Mr Molocnkov, who attempted to break into the cash dispenser.
“While Mr Molocnkov was trying to break the machine, security guards inside the bank’s office saw them on CCTV,” he said. “Security came, apprehended the men and handed them over to police.”
After the arrest, police confiscated $20 as well as counterfeit ATM cards.
The two men denied the allegations during their trial last week.
They said on the day of the arrest, they were attempting to withdraw money from a malfunctioning ATM. They said it was a misunderstanding between the men and the police.
“I was not a thief. I didn’t steal money from the ATM,” Mr Molocnkov said during last week’s court session. “The reason why I stayed there for so long was because I couldn’t withdraw my money.”