Two Chinese nationals – Liang Hin and Wei Junzhi, both 32 – were charged in the Siem Reap Provincial Court on Thursday accused of stealing a motorbike.
Siem Reap provincial court spokesman Yin Srang said on Thursday that the two were charged with theft with aggravating circumstances per Article 357 of the Criminal Code.
If proven guilty, the suspects could face imprisonment of three to 10 years.
Deputy provincial police chief Pheung Chandareth said on Sunday that two Thai nationals rented a motorbike for three days. But the next day, they reported the motorbike missing.
Upon checking the bike’s GPS tracker, it was discovered that the vehicle was on its way to Phnom Penh.
Siem Reap police then contacted Kandal provincial police and intercepted the suspects in Muk Kampul district, Kandal province.
“Because the stolen motorbike was equipped with a GPS, it was easy for us to find it,” Chandareth said.
Upon inspection, police also found tools which were used to break the motorbike’s lock along with 12 Chinese identification cards.
Kheng Meng Chheang, minor crimes bureau chief of the National Police’s criminal department, said the accused were reportedly involved in some other crimes such as car theft and burglary.