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Chinese charged over Sihanoukville robbery

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:

Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court yesterday placed four Chinese nationals in pre-trial detention after being charged for allegedly stealing a motorbike and $1,700 from a fellow countryman.

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Major Sok Sophal, a police officer with the provincial police’s general crimes department, identified the four as 42-year-old Li Hong Liang, 29-year-old Lin Wei, 29-year-old Tan Bei and 25-year-old Zhou Wen, noting that they were tourists who lived in Sihanoukville’s Village IV.

He said they were charged by a court prosecutor with theft with aggravating circumstances.

He said on Sunday, all four were arrested after they stole the money and the bike from 30-year-old Liu Chuan, a businessman from Village III.

Maj Sophal said the robbery occurred at about 2am after the four forcefully entered the victim’s shop and stole his belongings as he was asleep.

“They forced open the victim’s shop while he was asleep early Sunday morning,” Maj Sophal said. “The victim woke up and saw the four leaving his house with his motorbike. The victim loudly shouted for help.”

He noted that nearby police officers who were on patrol intervened and had the arrested the suspects by 3am.

After the four were arrested, police recovered the victim’s belongings. The suspects were then brought to their home and a search was conducted.

Maj Sophal said after officers searched the home, police seized six more motorbikes, ten lock breakers, 14 motorcycle keys, 12 car keys, five anti-theft devices, ten balaclavas and two wigs.

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