via Khmer Times, 04 June 2019: Reports of illegal looting of graves in Banteay Meanchey province.
Banteay Meanchey provincial police are on the hunt for suspects who have illegally excavated tombs in ancient sites in the Anlong Roth basin in Svay Chek commune on Sunday.
Yang Tangkouy, director of provincial Culture and Fine Arts Department, today said that authorities are looking for about 10 suspects who fled the scene and have not been identified. He added that the suspects ran away when authorities saw them illegally excavating the ancient tombs.
“We tried to follow them to arrest them, but they saw us and ran into the forest,” Mr Tangkouy said. “They left some equipment at the ancient tombs.”