Man Gets Four Years for Armed Gold Theft

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Thursday sentenced a man to four years in prison for stealing some $45,000 worth of gold in an armed robbery at a market in Takeo province last year, ordering him to pay $46,200 in compensation, according to the presiding judge.

On August 9, three armed robbers held up a jewelry shop in a Tram Kak district market, making off with jewelry, $45,000 worth of gold and platinum and $250 in cash.

Koy Sina, 29, who was convicted Thursday of theft and illegal possession of a weapon, was arrested in Phnom Penh a week after the incident when police identified his motorbike as the getaway vehicle.

His two accomplices remain at large. Em Bel, 41, one of the vendors who was robbed, said after the court’s ruling that he was not concerned about the prison term.

“I just want to get my money back so that I can continue my business,” he said.

“I don’t want revenge because nobody in my family lost their life during the robbery.”

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