Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Gold merchant hit by robbers

Gold merchant hit by robbers

Gold merchant hit by robbers

A jewellery vendor at Kandal province’s Neak Loeung Market was robbed at gunpoint of nearly $20,000 in gold and cash on her way home from work in Loeuk Dek district Monday, police said.

Sem Sarin, Loeuk Dek district deputy police chief, said that the victim, Chheng Mao, 52, told police that she had collected her wares and the day’s earnings and was riding home from the market when a motorbike carrying two armed masked men veered in front of her. The men brandished a pistol at the driver and ordered him to stop.

The motorbike’s driver, Vorn Sophat, jumped off the bike and called for help from nearby villagers, but the two men had already taken what they came for and made off with Mao’s bag.

“The bag contained about 10 damlung of gold and cash,” Sarin said, adding that Mao had been carrying about $4,500 in riel and dollars.

The gold’s value is just over $14,000 dollars.

Sarin said that the victim’s and witnesses’ statements have led police to believe that the robbers may be linked to robberies in other provinces.

“However, until now the authorities have not yet captured those armed robbers,” he said, noting that the case is still under investigation.

There have been multiple high profile armed robberies in Cambodia in recent months. In March, six men wielding AK-47s stormed a gold shop in Kampong Thom and made off with more than $250,000 in gold and cash; two were later arrested. Earlier this month, three men armed with an AK-47 and two pistols made off with $65,000 in cash and jewellery when they invaded the home of a Siem Reap gold seller.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all