Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged and detained a police officer for stealing an iPad from a shop owner in Tuol Kork district.
Phlong Sophal, court deputy chief, identified the accused as Captain Heng Hap, a 24-year-old police officer working with the marine police department at the Ministry of Interior and living in Tuol Kork district.
He added that the accused was charged with theft and faces six months to three years if convicted. He was arrested on Monday and is now in pre-trial detention.
Major Sok Sarith, a penal police officer, said that at about 10.30am on May 30, Cap Hap came into a Wing Transfer Money shop in Tuol Kork district to withdraw $20 that was sent by a friend.
Maj Sok Sarith, a penal officer working with the Interior Mnistry’s penal police department, said that at about 10.30am on May 30, Cap Hap entered a Wing Transfer Shop to withdraw $20 sent by his friend.
Maj Sarith noted that after withdrawing the money, Cap Hap stole an iPad that was left on the table and fled the shop.
“While he was in the shop, he pretended to be on the phone with his friend,” Maj Sarith said. “When the owner of the shop was busy with work and not watching him, he stole the iPad and fled.”
“After stealing the iPad, and when the shop owner also identified him based on the shop’s CCTV footage and posted a still image on Facebook, the accused returned the stolen iPad to the shop owner and said that he was confused when he took it,” he added.
Maj Sarith said that Cap Hap returned the iPad at about 3pm on the same day, adding that he was later taken by the ministry’s Penal Police Department for questioning.
Maj Sarith said he was freed after being educated by the police, signing a contract with police as well as obtaining a guarantee from his family.
However, Maj Sarith added that due to a strong reaction and criticism expressed by the public on Facebook, Cap Hap was re-arrested on Monday. After the arrest, he was soon sent to municipal court for questioning.