Police in Kampong Speu province arrested four men for cutting down trees belonging to a local community in Oudong district’s Damnak Raing commune on Tuesday.
Sim Ngounly, district deputy police chief, said the men were arrested following reports of logging to the police.
“On Tuesday night, as they were transporting the wood, police ambushed them and arrested four of them as they tried to escape,” he said.
A provincial police report identified them as Ka Sinoun, 24, Yim Bunly, 29, Dim Sarom, 32, and Ka Ny, 29.
“These trees are thnung wood grown on the villagers’ land,” Mr Ngounly said.
Police seized one truck, three saws, an axe and some timber at the house of a fifth man, Soy Thol.
The four suspects were sent to the provincial police where they confessed to their crimes. Police also plan to summon Mr Thol to question him over his involvement in the case.