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Guards arrested after mall ATM heist

Two security guards at Siem Reap town’s Lucky Mall were arrested and detained for questioning yesterday after thieves made off with the contents of two ATMs there belonging to ANZ Royal and Canadia Bank, police said.

According to deputy provincial police chief Thong Sakun, Canadia has already filed a complaint in the case, but ANZ had yet to do so.

The guards who were arrested were on duty at the time of the robbery, which occurred around dawn yesterday morning.

“The ATM machines were broken into in order to take the money. We do not know how much each ATM has lost, but Canadia Bank filed a complaint against Lucky Mall’s owner to pay $60,000 and 9 million riel (about $2,250),” he said.

“The two private security guards were on duty from 7pm till 7am, so we are under orders from the court prosecutor, who decided to arrest them for further investigation,” Sakun added.

ANZ staff in Siem Reap confirmed only that “the ATM machine is broken”, but declined to say whether it was the result of a robbery.

“Please go to withdraw your money [elsewhere] for awhile,” he added.

A representative of Canandia in Siem Reap could not be reached.

A staffer at Lucky Mall yesterday said he did not know anything about the robbery or the arrest of two security guards.

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