A man who on Tuesday stole a container truck left parked along the side of National Road 4 on the outskirts of the capital is due to appear in court today.
Meng Touch, an officer with Por Senchey district police, identified the suspect as Sok Vanna, 29, from Por Senchey district’s Kakab commune.
“He was accused by police with theft under aggravating circumstances and could face up to five years in prison if convicted,” he said. “He is now in temporary detention in Por Senchey district.”
He added that the suspect will today be sent to Phnom Penh Municipal Court for questioning.
Kaing Hour, 33, the driver of the container truck, told police that he parked the ruck along the side of National Road 4 on Tuesday afternoon while taking a break transporting garments for a Chinese factory in Phnom Penh.
Mr Hour said he was transporting the truck laden with garment from the capital to Preah Sihanouk province.
After parking the truck, he went for a few drinks with friends at a house nearby the place he parked, he said.
“While I was drinking, a fellow trucker friend of mine told me that my truck was not there any more,” he said. “I was surprised. I then took a motorbike from my friend to search for the truck. I did not see it. I rode the motorbike around the outskirts of the city in Por Senchey and Sen Sok districts.”
He said that after riding the motorbike in search of the missing truck for about four hours on different roads, he saw his truck along Russian Boulevard in Kakab commune. He briefly gave chase while shouting.
He said the suspect was later arrested by police on the same night at about 11.30pm in Kakab commune.
Police then confiscated the stolen truck with the cargo intact and returned it to Mr Hour.