After a two-month investigation, police in Kampong Speu province on Monday arrested a gang of motorcycle thieves that had a police officer and a solider among their ranks.
Captain Lay Savuth, deputy chief of the Baset district investigations department, identified the suspects as Nuon Kimhai, a police officer working for the general research department at the Interior Ministry; Lun Vannak, a soldier; Hai Him; Phan Ra; Chhum Reth; Nam Sae; and Sok Thai.
Cap Savuth noted that provincial police collaborated with district police to apprehend the suspects at a rented home in Trapaing Khyoang village.
He said that a two-month investigation into the group led police to where they were hiding.
“They were known to have snatched people’s bags or robbed villagers’ motorbikes throughout the province,” Cap Savuth said. “Police did not seize any motorbikes from them because they had sold them to other people.”
“They were arrested on Monday afternoon after police raided their safe house in Tuol El commune,” he added. “Police seized one pistol, 17 bullets, an axe and a sword from them.”
Brigadier General Som Bora, deputy chief of the provincial police, said Mr Kimhai is accused of theft and possession of unauthorised weapons, while the rest of the gang is charged with theft.
Brig Gen Bora added that they all face between five to ten years in jail if convicted.
He noted that all the suspects are now detained at the provincial police department and will be sent to the provincial court for questioning today.