Police in Siem Reap province’s Prasat Bakong district on Saturday arrested 11 young men and a woman who allegedly broke into a shop and stole nearly 70 luxury phones and several accessories at a market in Roluos commune on Thursday.
Colonel Ek Chantha, district police chief, yesterday identified them as Phoeun Rith, 16; Nil Pich, 17; Lan Kimleang, 16; Yorng Rithy, 15; Chim Seng, 17; Hai Lauk, 16; Ra Pong, 16; Yun Rithy, 15, Chheng Lihour, 14; and; Thann Rithy, 16; and the young woman as Koy Mouy Kanha, 16.
He identified the victim as Sok Ngik, 38, a phone vendor living in the commune. Col Chantha noted that all 11 suspects were high school dropouts also living in the commune.
He said that about 2am on Thursday, they broke into Mr Ngik’s phone shop in Roluos market.
Col Chantha said they then stole 50 Nokia phones, five Samsung phones, five OPPO phones, five Huawei phones, five power banks and 10 Bluetooth cables before fleeing.
He noted that they were arrested on Saturday by district police at different locations in the commune.
“They were arrested based on footage from the phone shop’s CCTV,” Col Chantha said. “But after their arrests police seized only about 15 phones from them. The other phones and accessories had been sold.”
He added that during interrogation all 11 admitted committing the offence, saying they stole the items because they did not have any money to pay for food and drinks at nightclubs.
Colonel Duong Sokha, Provincial General Crimes Department chief, yesterday said the 11 are accused of thefts with aggravating circumstances but because they are juveniles they only face up to two years in jail if convicted. An adult would face up to eight years in jail.
Col Sokha noted that they are still being questioned by the provincial court.
Ream Chanmony, court spokesman, could not be reached for comment yesterday.