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Prisoner escapes after cops’ flat tyre

A handcuffed armed robber who escaped from police custody in Kampong Speu on Sunday remained at large last night.

Toek Sam Ol, 32, was arrested earlier that day along with accomplices Yoem Vuthy, 37; Phy Yoeun, 35; and Chhay Thoeun, 45, in Oral district, according to district police chief But Bunthoeun.

The police chief said Sam Ol told officers that he had left a hidden weapons cache in his home village of Dambang in Sangke Satoap commune.

Provincial judicial deputy police chief Sorm Bora said Sam Ol escaped while officers were busy repairing a flat tyre on the way to Dambang, fleeing into the forest in Samrong Tong district.

Sam Ol’s wife, Sok Sreysuor, 23, was arrested yesterday and confessed to helping with the robberies.

“According to the three suspects – friends of her husband – she drove her husband and his friends to the robberies and sold the stolen goods,” Bunthoeun said.

Kampong Speu provincial police chief declined to say if the officers who allowed Sam Ol to escape would be punished.

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