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Six charged over motorbike theft

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
Police were able to ID them through CCTV footage. Supplied

Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged six youths over the theft of a motorbike in the capital on Saturday.

Captain Sok Sophea, a penal police officer with the municipal general crimes department, identified the accused as Sok Wathnak, 21, Var Sokleng, 18, Him Reach, 17, Sour Rith, 17, and Bun Oudom, 17.

He said they were yesterday charged by the court prosecutor with theft with aggravating circumstances and face up to eight years in jail each if convicted. They are all in prison pending trial.

Cap Sophea said that at about 12.30 pm on Saturday, the six accused rode on four motorbikes to chase after a 19-year-old youth riding a Scopy motorbike on a road near Preah Monivong overpass in Chamkar Mon district’s Boeng Trabek commune.

He said that after catching up with the victim, Mr Wathnak, who was riding a Honda C125 motorbike, kicked the victim’s motorbike, causing him and his vehicle to fall on the road.

Cap Sophea said while the victim was lying on the road, Mr Sokleng, who rode pillion with Mr Rith on another vehicle, picked up the victim’s motorbike and drove away on it.

The other accused drove their motorbikes to escort Mr Sokleng.

Cap Sophea noted that the victim later travelled on a motorbike taxi to file a complaint at the commune police post.

Second Lieutenant Huy Seng, a district penal police officer, said the six youths were arrested on Tuesday at their rental house in Meanchey district’s Stung Meanchey commune.

He noted that police identified them from CCTV cameras under the Preah Monivong overpass.

“Police identified them based on their pictures on the CCTV footage at Preah Monivong Sky Bridge in Chamkar Mon district,” Sec Lt Seng said. “They were arrested on Tuesday after police raided their rental house.”

He noted that after their arrests, police seized six luxury motorbikes, including the one stolen from the victim.

The stolen motorbike has been handed over to the victim.

According to police documents, between 2017 and before their arrests on Tuesday, the six youths were involved in 20 theft cases involving motorbikes, phones, handbags and jewellery in the city.

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