A jeweller was shot in the ear and robbed by two suspects while walking home in Kampong Cham province’s Memot district on Wednesday.
Police said the victim, 50-year-old Tong Cheng, was robbed at gunpoint in front of his house as he returned home from the Memot market.
The two suspects managed to escape the scene, despite provincial and military police forces having dispersed officers around the area shortly after the robbery.
Provincial deputy police chief Chem Sneghong said yesterday that police had good physical descriptions of the suspects, thanks to witnesses.
“We can identify the criminals because the neighbour has a video recording of the criminals while they were robbing the victim,” he said.
Tong Cheng, who was shot in the ear with a suspect’s rifle, said he lost 100 watches, a container of platinum jewellery, US$500 and 2 million Vietnamese Dong (US$95).
“We have appealed to all the traders to be more cautious while returning home from the market,’’ he said.
“We need to put more forces along the public roads.”