via Phnom Penh Post, 14 December 2020: Pair caught in Preah Khan with metal detectors.
Siem Reap provincial heritage protection police have been questioning two men who were arrested on December 13 in the Preah Khan temple area on suspicion of trying to steal artefacts.
Ket Bunthan, director of the Heritage Protection Police Department, said the two suspects, aged 28 and 36, will be sent to court.
“Our authorities are questioning these two suspects. We will know if they will be charged in court after questioning,” he said.
A heritage protection police officer who asked not to be named said that at around 10am on December 12, his forces patrolled around and inside the Preah Khan Temple and came across two pairs of suspects on two motorcycles with artefact detection tool. The police chased the suspects but two of them managed to escape.