Kandal Provincial Court on Friday convicted four members of a gang and their fence over the theft of a luxury motorbike from a farming couple in Kandal Stung district in February.
Presiding Judge Kim Meng identified the four gang members as Heng Pheakdey, 31,Yon Sam Oeun, 25,Yon Veasna, 27, and Seng Borith, 34. They were each sentenced to seven years in jail for committing theft with aggravating circumstances.
Judge Meng identified the fence as Teng Ly, 37, owner of a motorbike shop. He was jailed four years for receiving stolen goods.
Judge Meng said that the five were arrested on March 15 for stealing a Honda C-125 motorbike from Chheang Pengsean and his wife Soeun Samphors, both 25, at about 6pm on February 10 in Kork Trob commune.
“They have the right to appeal within a month if they do not agree with the judgment,” Judge Meng said.
Major General Eav Chamroeun, provincial police chief, said that Mr Pheakdey, Mr Sam Oeun, Mr Veasna, and Mr Borith belonged to a gang of motorbike thieves operating in several provinces.
He said that according to the victims, the four robbed them while they were riding on a road in the commune.
“The thieves, who were on two motorbikes, stopped them,” Maj Gen Chamroeun said. “One of them pointed a gun at Mr Pengsean and ordered him to hand over his motorbike keys.”
“He feared for his and his wife’s lives and gave them the key. The four then fled the scene with the motorbike and the victims lodged a report with the commune police,” he added.
Maj Gen Chamroeun said that the four men later sold the motorcycle to My Ly.
He said that during investigations, provincial police on March 13 saw the stolen motorbike in Mr Ly’s shop in Takhmao city and searched the premises.
Maj Gen Chamroeun added that police found three other stolen motorbikes and 60 false motorbike and car number plates.
He said police arrested Mr Ly and seized the stolen motorbikes, false number plates and other materials.
Maj Gen Chamroeun said that during his interrogation on March 13, Mr Ly identified the thieves and led police to their rental houses in the province’s Takhmao City.