Banteay Meanchey Provincial Court on Monday placed three Jordanian nationals in pre-trial detention after they were charged for stealing money from a grocery vendor.
Colonel Khem Sophoan, deputy chief of provincial police, identified the three as 31-year-old Ahmad Ramadan Rasheed, 32-year-old Khaled Ramadan Rasheed Saleh and 46-year-old Muna Ramadan Rasheed. Col Sophoan said the three were tourists living in Phnom Penh.
The three were charged with theft with aggravating circumstances and if convicted, they could each face up four to eight years in prison.
Col Sophoan said they were arrested on Saturday after they stole the money from Say Sophea, a 44-year-old grocery vendor from the province’s Phnom Srok district.
“They were arrested on Saturday. They have all been sent to the provincial prison pending a trial,” Col Sophoan said.
Captain Choun Sokhom, a district police officer, yesterday said the three arrived at the victim’s grocery store in Srah Chik commune at about 3pm on Saturday.
Cap Sokhom said the three were in a Lexus RX300, coming from Phnom Penh when Mr Khalid, who was driving, stopped and parked in front of the victim’s store.
Mr Khaled and Mr Ahmad then went inside the store to buy drinks and cigarettes, while Ms Muna was waiting in the car.
“Mr Khaled pretended to buy a carton of cigarettes from the victim. He gave a $100 note to the victim and told her to exchange it all to riels,” Cap Sokhom said. “As the victim opened the cash drawer, Mr Ahmad snatched $1,000 from her and ran to the car. After taking the victim’s property, they fled.”
He said the victim managed to take a photo of the car’s license plate before the three fled the scene.
The victim then alerted district police and forwarded the photo to them.
Cap Sokhom said his department asked for the help of other law enforcement agencies to apprehend the suspects.
The three were then arrested at about 7.30pm in Preah Neth Preah district’s Rohal commune.
Police seized three phones, three passports, the car and the $1,000 taken from the victim.
Police later returned the money to the victim.