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Court sends thieves to prison over stolen bike

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
The five men involved in the theft of a motorbike. Yubmin News

Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday sentenced five people to up to five years in prison over the theft of a motorbike in Tuol Kork district in March.

Judge Thlang Phaneth sentenced Chan Sitha to 18 months, Ung Samrach to five years, Duong Chandara to five years and Nin Vireak to four years in prison for theft.

Chey Saroeun, who bought the stolen bike from the four men and was convicted of receiving stolen goods, was sentenced to two years in prison but had his sentence reduced to nine months and then suspended.

Judge Phaneth noted that on March 12 at about midnight, Mr Sitha, Mr Samrach, Mr Chandara and Mr Vireak stole a motorbike from Phun Dara, the victim, who had just locked the gate to his home in Boeng Sralang commune.

“Mr Samrach broke the lock while Mr Chandara and Mr Vireak entered the home of the victim to steal the motorbike,” she said. “Mr Sitha had been waiting outside of the home.”

“After stealing the motorbike, they sold it to Mr Saroeun, owner of a pawn shop, for about $200,” Judge Saroeun added. “They were later arrested by military police the next day in Phnom Penh. Police made the arrest after conducting an investigation based on photos and CCTV footage from the victim’s home.”

Mr Sitha, Mr Samrach, Mr Chandara and Mr Vireak were arrested by police at their homes in Sen Sok district.

After the arrests, military police seized two motorbikes, two swords and various motorbike keys and screws.

Judge Phaneth noted that Mr Saroeun was arrested after the four had confessed to the crime.

After the arrest of Mr Saroeun, military police seized the stolen bike and returned it to the victim.

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