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Two Russians jailed for ATM theft

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
The two Russians leave Phnom Penh Municipal Court. DAP News

Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday sentenced two Russian men to six years jail each for using drugs and stealing money from an ABA Bank ATM in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district last year.

Presiding Judge Khy Chhay identified the two as Alexandar Zametnaya, 31, and Ivan Telenkov, 30, who were convicted of drug use and theft with aggravating circumstances. “The court decided to sentence them to six years in jail each,” the judge said. “The court also ordered that they be expelled from Cambodia after they serve their sentences.”

Judge Chhay said that the two were arrested at about 8pm on December 2 at the bank’s ATM in the district’s Srah Chak commune.

He said that police seized $1,000 in stolen money, several cloned ATM cards and other items.

The two Russians with items seized by police after their arrests in December. DAP News

According to a police statement, the two Russians wore wigs while at the ATM.

The statement said that Mr Zametnaya entered the ATM booth and used cloned cards to withdraw money.

It noted that Mr Telenkov stood watch outside for any signs of security guards or policemen.

The report said that while they were stealing the money, the bank’s security guards became suspicious and alerted nearby policemen who promptly arrested them.

After their arrests, police seized the $1,000 and 12 cloned ATM cards.

The two later tested positive for drugs after urine tests.

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