24 September 2021: Thongmeroud Village, Kasi District, Laos

A man was arrested in the Vientiane capital for stealing railway construction components along the Laos-China Railway. According to a report posted on the Lao Youth Radio Facebook page, approximately 147 steel joints and 39 rail bolts used in the construction of the Lao-China railway had been reported stolen in Dongphosy Village, Hadxaifong District, Vientiane Capital. The suspect, identified as 22-year-old Mr. Armee, from Thong Meuat Village, Kasi District, Vientiane Province, was arrested on Friday, September 24 for having stolen the parts. The parts were found at the man’s residence in Dongphosy. He had been found selling them to scrapyards. According to the laws of the country, those who engage in activities deliberately posing a danger to the safety of aircraft, ships, trains, vehicles, airports, ports, train stations or bus stations are subject to heavy fines and up to twenty years imprisonment. Authorities are warning scrap dealers and residents in the area to watch out for their customers and to report property suspected of being stolen from any project.