Two Arrested for Involvement in Garment Heist

Police arrested a Royal Cambodian Armed Forces soldier and his accomplice for their alleged involvement in the armed robbery of a truck that was transporting garments, officials said Sunday.

On Friday afternoon, two un­identified armed men held up a vehicle transporting garments along Nation­al Road 4 in Phnom Penh’s Pur Senchey district, kidnapping the driver, and redirecting the truck and its 12-meter long trailer containing garments to Kompong Speu province, said Chea Vanna, provincial minor crimes police chief.

“The truck had originally been carrying clothes to Preah Sihanouk port before the holdup,” Mr. Vanna said, declining to reveal the amount of clothes, their brands, or their estimated value.

The robbers parked the truck in Vaing Chas commune, causing police to become suspicious and approach the vehicle, Mr. Vanna said. The two men then fled the scene, leaving the driver of the vehicle, 30-year-old Chin Sean, behind.

Two different men then approached the police, asking for the truck to be returned and were arrested as possible accomplices.

“We arrested these two people for further investigation,” he said, adding that they would be sent to the provincial court today and that police were still looking for the two perpetrators that fled the scene.

Men Sibon, provincial military police chief, said that the garments and the truck were returned to the Malaysian-owned Berry Apparel (Cambodia) Co. Ltd. garment factory in Pur Senchey district’s Choam Chao commune.

“By law, we checked and found that no clothes were missing, so we handed the vehicle over to the factory,” Mr. Sibon said.

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