Four held over bronze thefts

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The four suspects are accused of posing as devout Buddhists. Supplied

Four people have been arrested over the theft of a statue from a man well known for having a collection of sacred bronze religious items. 
 
Police said the arrests took place between Thursday and Saturday in Kampong Thom province and Phnom Penh.
 
“We are still questioning them and they are set to be sent to the provincial court today,” said Sam Sak, serious crime office chief at Kampong Speu provincial police. 
 
The four were identified as Chhel Seng, 27, Seng Rithy, 34, Heng Sok, 41, and Mot Mol, 45. 
 
Mr Sak said the robbery took place on May 24 when the four drove two motorbikes to the house of the victim, Sin Rim, 50, in Samraong Torng district. 
 
The four, posing as people who sought to pray, robbed him and tied him up with a scarf.
 
While trying to escape, they confronted his son Sok Reth, 31, and beat him on the head with a bamboo stick before making off with three bronze pieces.
 
“We cannot confirm if the stolen bronze is fake or real because this is disputed by the suspects and the victims,” Mr Sak said. 
 
“The suspects said the bronze is fake, while the owner said it is real.” 

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