Buth Reaksmey Kongkea
THREE Bangladeshi men and 13 Cambodians were arrested yesterday under suspicion of stealing large quantities of clothing from garment factories in the capital in order to export them overseas, officials said.
Mao Dara, deputy director of the criminal police department in the Ministry of Interior, said yesterday that his office had received several complaints from garment factory owners claiming that their facilities had been robbed of large quantities of clothing.
“Our police force has been spending a lot of time investigating the case which has led to the arrest of those who robbed the garment factories,” Mao Dara said.
He confirmed that authorities had confiscated a large shipping container full of clothing that the men were allegedly transporting with the aim of exporting the items overseas.
“They were arrested when they were trying to transport the stolen clothes for export to the United States of America through [Sihanoukville] port,” he said.
Mao Dara added that the three suspects had divulged the names of 13 Cambodian nationals who were all arrested in connection with the theft.
Municipal court deputy prosecutor Sok Roeun said yesterday that the court had not officially charged the suspects.
“I cannot yet reveal details related to their identification or accusations [against them],” he said.