Kandal Provincial Court yesterday charged two farmers with theft after the pair was accused of stealing 20 cows from Ang Snuol district villagers to sell them in along the Vietnam-Cambodia border.
Major Veng Kosal, Ang Snuol district deputy police chief, identified the accused as Heng Cham, 37, and his wife Reth Nan, 35, who live together in Ponhea Leu district.
Maj Kosal noted the pair has been jailed pending trial.
He said that on Friday morning at about 8:30 am, the two accused stole two cows from villager Y Vich, 32, who had left the cows tied to a tree to eat grass in Makak commune.
Maj Kosal said that after stealing the two cows, the couple stocked them in a truck nearby.
As they loaded the cows, Mr Vich spotted them and reported the incident to police, Maj Kosal said.
“They have done this again and again,” Maj Kosal said. “They were arrested red-handed as they transported the two stolen cows to sell them to customers in Vietnam.”
Maj Kosal said the couple confessed during an interrogation by police that they have stolen at least 20 cows since they began the scheme.
Maj Kosal added that the two most recent stolen cows were recovered by police on the same morning they were taken following the arrest of the accused.
The cows were then returned to the owner, he noted.