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Police round up moto thieves

Men arrested on suspicion of theft are shown to reporters at the Chamkarmon district police station yesterday. In the foreground are motorbikes that were confiscated from the men. Hong Menea

Police in the capital’s Chamkarmon district yesterday identified nine suspects involved in at least three recent motorbike and mobile phone robberies.

Chamkarmon district police chief UchSokhon said during a press conference he had led a sting operation on Monday that resulted in the arrests of the nine suspects.

He said that during the raid, his men had confiscated six stolen motorbikes, a K54 Vietnamese handgun and a samurai sword.

At least six of the suspects arrested are believed to be involved in the January 6 robbery and shooting of 23-year-old Suon Lundy at Longbeach Plaza Karaoke, in the Toul Kork district.

The shooter was identified during the press conference as 19-year-old Heng Orasy.  

“Those six suspects are all students,” the police chief said. “We arrested not only those  suspects but also another man suspected of buying stolen items [from the suspects].”

The other two arrests were made on Monday in the capital’s Chamkarmon district after the suspects stole an iPhone from a Turkish man as he walked out of the Goldiana hotel.

Police said the nine suspects were being subjected to more questioning in an attempt to find others involved in the recent robberies.

“We will send the nine suspects to court on Wednesday morning,” the police chief said.



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