Liam Strother: Conman and Thief in CambodiaMay 17, 2014
Liam Strother is 26, from Scotland and has spent the past few months traveling around Cambodia gaining the trust of tourists, expats and local businesses and then stealing from them.
In Sihanoukville, he is reported to have left a trail of unpaid bills to expat owned businesses such as bars and guest houses and is also alleged to have stolen personal items – cameras and other high-value, portable items – from tourists and expatriates he’d befriended and who’d allowed him access to their homes or hotels.
Having worn out his welcome at the beach, been briefly jailed and had his passport confiscated by the Khmer police, Strother moved to Phnom Penh where his one-man crime spree has continued unabated.
In the last two weeks we have received reports of him once again running up large debts at hostels and guesthouses, and just as in Sihanoukville, befriending female travelers and then stealing their money and valuables.
All travelers, expats and business owners – particularly bar and guesthouse owners – should be aware of Stother’s modus operendi and give him a very wide berth indeed.
More information and regular updates on Stother’s latest whereabouts can be found on this K440 forum thread and business owners can download and print out a pdf file of the poster below by clicking on this link.
Update: Sunday 18th May
We’ve now discovered that a Liam Strother was due in court last Friday 16th May at Inverness Magistrates Court in Scotland. Inverness magistrates court would be the nearest trial court to Grantown-on-Spey – the hometown of Liam Strother the Phnom Penh-based thief, so in all likelihood, the two Liam Strothers are one and the same. Therefore, as a result of Strother’s current presence in Cambodia, it is very likely an arrest warrant has been issued in Scotland for his non attendance in court last Friday.