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Pawn shop owner charged with buying stolen vehicles

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
The charge comes weeks after City Hall ordered a crackdown. KT/Mai Vireak

The owner of a motorbike and car pawn shop was on Saturday charged with receiving stolen goods by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, weeks after City Hall ordered a crackdown.

On August 7, City Hall ordered all district authorities to crack down on pawn shops that may be operating without licenses or receiving stolen goods.

Phnom Penh Governor Khuong Sreng said at the time that the crackdown was aimed at reducing thefts and violent crimes that accompanied robberies.

“The thieves steal motorbikes or cars and then bring them for pawning at the pawn shops,” he said. “Therefore, in order to combat all kind of  robberies in Phnom Penh, all district police must crackdown on the shops in their areas.”

Court spokesman Ly Sophana said Suth Piseth, 35, the owner of the pawn shop, was charged on Saturday with receiving stolen goods following a raid of his shop in which police seized 54 motorbikes and two cars.

Mak Hong, Sen Sok district police chief, said that the suspect was arrested on August 16 after police raided the shop in Teuk Thla commune.

Mr Hong added that the seized vehicles are being held by police for further investigation.

According to a police report, currently there are about 2,000 motorbike and car pawning warehouses in Phnom Penh.

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