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Men suspected of posing as police for elaborate robbery ruse

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
Chheang Menghok. National Police

Kampong Speu provincial police on Monday arrested three men suspected of stealing money and a luxury phone from a taxi driver in Samroang Tong district.

Major Sok Bunthan, deputy district police chief, identified the three suspects as Pol Borin, 34, Chheang Menghok, 35, and Vun Kearann, 17. He added that the three suspects are from Kandal province’s Ang Snuol district.

Maj Bunthan identified the victim as Huoy Tak, 27, a taxi driver from Teuk La-ok commune’s Ta Ngov village in Kampong Speu province’s Kong Pisey district.

Maj Buthan said that at about 2pm on Monday, the three suspects travelled in a Camry car along National Road 4 in Kampong Speu province’s Kong Pisey district.

He added that they arrived in Trapaing Kung commune in Kong Pisey district and saw the victim in his Highlander car parked nearby the road with a flat tire.

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Maj Buthan said the suspects approached the victim and pretended to help him, telling the victim that they were policemen even though they were wearing civilian clothes. While Mr Pol and Mr Chheang were helping the victim to replace the flat tire, Mr Kearann stole a phone and money from the victim.“After robbing the victim, they drove their car and fled,” Maj Buthan said. “After the victim finished replacing his flat tire, he entered the car to check his phone and money, which he did not find.”

“The victim then drove his car to chase after the suspects while shouting for help,” he added.

Maj Buthan noted that after hearing the victim’s shouting, district police patrolling nearby alerted other officers.

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He said that the suspects were arrested by district police at 3pm on Monday at a police checkpoint in Trapaing Kung commune. After the arrest, police seized a Camry car, a phone, $300 dollars that were stolen, their three phones and other related materials from them.

Brigadier General Som Bora, deputy chief of Kampong Speu provincial police, yesterday said that the three suspects are accused of thefts with aggravating circumstances. They face between five to eight years each in jail if convicted.

He added they are currently detained at the provincial police headquarters and will be sent to Kampong Speu Provincial Court today.

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