Two Nigerians and three Cambodians were arrested Wednesday for attempting to rob $2,000 from a mobile-payment kiosk in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district, police said.
“Our military police arrested two Nigerians and three Cambodian women in Meanchey district this afternoon” said Khuon Sam Ol, Chamkar Mon district military police commander.
At 1 p.m., a mixed police force arrested three Cambodian women—Serei Socheata, 23; Mon Sonita, 21; and Chuon Channa, 26—at a Wing shop where they were attempting to steal thousands of dollars using a stolen code, according to a post on the national police website.
Later in the afternoon, police arrested two Nigerian men—Nkwocha Uco Oscar, 43, and Ogu Mmaduabuchi, 32—in their home in Boeng Tompun commune, after the women identified them as accomplices, the post says.
The suspects are being held for questioning at the Phnom Penh military police headquarters, it says.
Maing Sokluch, chief of the Phnom Penh military police’s penal bureau, says in the post that the owner of the Wing store filed complaints against people trying to “play tricks on the system,” prompting an investigation.