Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged seven youths – all allegedly experienced thieves – with stealing 15 motorbikes between 2016 and this year in the city.
Major General Song Ly, chief of the capital’s municipal general crimes department, said the seven were Moeun Kakakda, 20; Phath David, 17; Lesh Fafi, 21; Mith Taimo, 19; Soeun Sanvisok, 21,; Nhim Sovannaro, 16; and Sun Sopheaktra, 17.
Maj General Ly said all were experienced thieves who had been stealing motorbikes and snatching people’s property in the city. They were charged with theft with aggravating circumstances and face up to ten years in jail each if convicted.
He added that they were arrested on Tuesday in Phnom Penh. They have been sent to prison pending trial.
Captain Bun Ly, a penal police officer with the municipal general crimes department, said that according to a police report, between 2016 and up to the day before their arrests, they stole 15 motorbikes from victims in the city.
Cap Ly said that at about 6pm on Sunday, the seven accused had driven on three motorbikes to chase after a youth’s Honda C125 motorbike in Prek Thmey commune.
He said that after catching the victim, Mr Soeun pulled a gas pistol from his waist, pointed it at the victim, threatened to kill him and stole the motorbike.
“Mr Soeun threatened to kill the victim if she shouted for help,” he said. “After he snatched the key from the victim, he drove the motorbike and fled while the other accused drove the motorbikes to guard him from behind.”
He said that after the seven accused fled, the victim walked to seek from Prek Thmey commune police, with whom she filed a complaint.
He added that the accused were arrested at their rental house in Chamkar Mon district.
After their arrests, police confiscated four motorbikes, including their three motorbikes and the stolen motorbike, and a gun from them.