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Raid targets motorbike chop shop

Pav Suy / Khmer Times Share:
Suspects sit handcuffed as police inspect the premises for stolen vehicle parts. Supplied

Seven suspects including one military officer have been arrested for running a chop shop in Kandal province that modified stolen motorbikes and cars, an Interior Ministry official said yesterday.

Ministry officials and police earlier raided the illicit garage in Ponhea Leu district, confiscating five motorbikes, two cars, one handgun, eight motorbike licence plates, one car plate and many motorbike spare parts.

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Deputy district police chief Heng Sothea said the garage was used by thieves who wanted to modify stolen goods for resale.

Pol Ratana, deputy director of judicial police at the Interior Ministry, said the suspects were sent to Phnom Penh Municipal Court because officials were working with city prosecutors before the arrests were made.

Mr Ratana said the raid was the culmination of a months-long investigation, which involved tip-offs from a thief who used the garage.

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“We pursued the case for a long time. Information from one suspect finally led to the raid,” he said.

Mr Ratana said forces are looking for more possible suspects.

Municipal court spokesman Ly Sophanna could not be reached for comment.

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