Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Saturday charged ten people, including several minors, over their involvement in the theft of motorcycles and other valuables in the capital.
Colonel Bunsatya, chief of the municipal criminal investigation department, identified the accused as Choeun, 17; Sok Sambo, 15; Choum Chandararoath, 18; Kun Phall, 18; Taing Kimseang, 15; Sar Sokha, 16; Chheng Meanchey, 16; Sok Heng, 16; and Keo Socheath, 16, all high school students from across Phnom Penh.
Col Bunsatya said that a court prosecutor charged them with theft and they each could face five to eight years in prison if convicted.
“They were a group of thieves who have been active in Phnom Penh,” he said. “They snatched phones, jewellery and bags, and they stole money from people on motorcycles.”
He added that they were all sent to Prey Sar prison pending trial.
Ly Sarith, another officer working with the municipal criminal investigation department, said that the accused were arrested on Thursday and Friday after they tried to pawn stolen goods at a motorbike shop in Toul Kork district.
On Wednesday, the accused managed to steal two motorbikes from two Chinese nationals who had parked their vehicles in front of their home in Boeng Kak I commune, he added.
They were arrested after a report was filed by one of the victims.
Mr Sarith said that following the arrests, police managed to confiscate five motorbikes suspected of being stolen.