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Boss busts jewellery thief in capital

A 16-year-old boy was tried yesterday in Phnom Penh for allegedly stealing $2,000 from his boss’s office near Olympic Stadium.

Chea Lyhong, a water deliveryman from Takeo province, admitted in court to the burglary of his boss, Suon Bun Orn, on October 2.

“[My boss] forgot the keys at the Olympic Stadium, and I took his keys to unlock the door,” he confessed, adding that he stole $2,250 in cash, and about $1,900 worth of jewellery.

After selling the jewellery, Lyhong purchased a motorbike and an iPhone, but was tracked down by his boss in Takeo province the next day.

Lyhong returned $1,000, the motorbike and the phone to Bun Orn, but in his complaint, Bun Orn said that he didn’t need compensation, but requested the court sentence Lyhong to the full extent of the law. The court will announce a verdict February 9.

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