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More linked to Siem Reap baggage handler theft case

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Police officers in Siem Reap province are looking to arrest more suspects linked to a case of Cambodia Airports baggage handlers who allegedly broke open passengers’ luggage and stole belongings at Siem Reap International Airport.


In August, provincial police arrested Sok Sokhorn, Sovann Virak, Run Ra, Dul Sovann, Rith Sarai and Eng Phai, following complaints from the airport’s security unit and Cambodia Airports.

The baggage handlers allegedly used penknives to cut luggage zips or break locks. Provincial police previously said the six confessed to committing the crime about 100 times.

Colonel Hang Sophat Phearom, chief of provincial police’s minor crimes bureau, yesterday said the baggage handlers had accomplices, but they are still at large.

“Although some suspects have been sent to court, there are other suspects we are looking to arrest,” he said. “We are now working with the court on this case.”

Provincial court spokesman Yin Srang yesterday said the suspects have been placed in pre-trial detention after they were charged with “theft with aggravating circumstances”.

“The court has yet to set a date for a hearing because the judge is still investigating the case,” he said.

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