Dickensian melodrama unfolds in Sihanoukville

Dickensian melodrama unfolds in Sihanoukville

Four artful dodgers were scooped up by Sihanoukville police on Friday for their involvement in an Oliver Twist-style pickpocket ring, complete with an older fence pulling the strings.

Police said the boys, aged 14 to 15, work the beaches and had robbed a tourist as she swam on Thursday, grabbing a bag that contained two cellphones and $600 cash.

After grilling the teens, police were led to the twentysomething duo running the operation, the older of whom allegedly threatened the boys to produce every day. KOH SANTEPHEAP

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