Tbong Khmum Provincial Court yesterday charged two farmers over the theft of five water buffaloes from a villager in Memot district.
Captain Kong Chanthoeun, deputy chief of Memot district police, identified the farmers as Vorn Dorn, 53, from Treak commune, and Sun Channy, 37, from Roung commune.
He said that the duo was arrested on Saturday in Memot district and have been detained pending trial.
Cap Chanthoeun said that the incident occurred on Saturday at about 2am when the men stole five water buffaloes from the victim, Oun Sren, 57, a farmer who lives in Treak commune.
After stealing the buffaloes, the duo brought the animals to the Vietnamese border to sell them.
“They entered [her farm] to steal the buffaloes while the victim was asleep,” Cap Chanthoeun said. “The buffaloes were then brought to the Vietnamese border so they could be sold.”
He said that the men were arrested by Vietnamese border authorities in cooperation with Cambodian police. The authorities managed to confiscate the five buffaloes, which were then handed over to the victim.
Police said the men have a track record of stealing animals in the district and selling them in Vietnam.
Police said that last year the duo stole ten buffaloes from farmers in Treak commune and attempted to sell the animals in Vietnam.