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An Italian tourist arrested over breaking ATM machine

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
An Italian man was arrested on connection with breaking ABA Bank’s ATM Machine. Photo credit: Police

A 40 year-old Italian man was arrested on Tuesday in connection with breaking ABA Bank’s ATM Machine over his anger that he could not withdraw his money from the ATM.


Captain Long Vichet, a police officer with Daun Penh District Police, identified the suspect as Patella Christian. He was accused by police of intentionally causing damage and faces punishment from 6 months to 2 years in jail if convicted.

Capt Vichet said that at about 4: 45 am on Tuesday, the suspect went to the ABA Bank’s ATM Machine located on Street 172 in Daun Penh district’s Phsar Thmey 3 and wanted to withdraw his money from the ATM.

He added that the suspect was trying to get the money from the machine, but it did not work.

“He was angry at the ATM machine because he could not get the money. Then, he punched the machine and broke the mirrors,” Capt Vichet said.

He said that after breaking the ATM machine, the suspect managed to flee, but police arrested him a few hours later.

Lieutenant Colonel Koul Yi, deputy chief of Daun Penh District Police, said that the suspect is now being detained for questioning and further investigation at the district police station.

The suspect is scheduled to be sent to Phnom Penh Municipal Court tomorrow, he said.

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