29 Stolen Motorcycles Caught in Dragnet

Municipal police—backed up by well-armed military police and the Interior Ministry’s elite Flying Tigers—swooped down on mo­tor­cycle shops in the Phsar O’Russei and Olympic Stadium areas Friday, searching for stolen and untaxed bikes, police said.

Around 29 motorcycles were confiscated in the operation, which saw traffic diverted and roadblocks erected as dozens of police officers went from business to business checking the serial numbers and tax forms on their motorcycle stock.

“The [29] motorbikes were taken to Municipal Police Head­quarters for investigation. All of them have changed serial numbers or were untaxed,” said Sao Mary, deputy penal police chief of Prampi Makara district.

The order to raid the busy trading area was given by Phnom Penh Governor Kep Chuktema on Friday morning in a bid to uncover motorcycles stolen in the provinces and brought to the capital for sale, police officials said.

“If we don’t do this the stolen bikes from the provinces are sold here,” said Deputy Municipal Pol­ice Chief Heng Pov.

Yim Symany, Prampi Makara district police chief, said that more than 100 motorcycle sales businesses were located in the area, and only a few stocked stolen bikes.

“Sometimes we do this to control the stolen motorcycles,” he said. “Motorcycle robbers in Phnom Penh sell in the provinces, and motorcycles robbed in the province are sold here.”

he said.

“We confiscated many bikes in previous times,” Heng Pov said, adding that the owners of the shops will be questioned as to why the serial numbers were altered.

 

 

 

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