Police in Svay Rieng province’s Bavet city on Monday arrested two Chinese nationals for allegedly stealing $22,000 from a hair salon.
Captain Kouy Yeang, deputy chief of Bavet city police, identified the two suspects as Chen Chiang Chin, 46, and his friend Chin Thing, 47. Both are food vendors living in a rental house in Bavet city’s Bavet commune.
The victim was identified as Chang Hai, 37, owner of a hair salon and living in Bavet commune.
Cap Yeang said that at about 1.30am on Monday, the two suspects broke into the victim’s shop while he was sleeping inside. He added that the suspects stole $22,000 and fled.
“When the two suspects were breaking into his shop, the victim woke up and saw them but pretended to continue to sleep after he saw that they were carrying hammers, knives and sticks,” Cap Yeang said. “He was afraid that they would kill him if he shouted for help from the neighbours.”
“After they stole his property and left the shop, the victim went to file a complaint to commune police,” he added.
Cap Yeang said police subsequently began investigating and searching for the identities of the suspects.
He added that district police arrested the suspects at about 8.30pm on Monday in Bavet commune. However, he noted that officers did not seize any of the stolen money from them.
Brigadier General Kuy Sopheap, chief of the provincial General Crimes Department, said that police are accusing the suspects of thefts with aggravating circumstances, which carries a punishment between five to eight years in jail.
He added that they were still detained at provincial police headquarters for further investigations and will be sent to Svay Rieng Provincial Court for questioning today.