Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Armed robbers target MFI

Armed robbers target MFI

Armed robbers target MFI

Two suspected armed robbers were arrested on Saturday after about US$9,000 worth of currency was stolen in a violent raid on a Pailin province micro-finance institution.

Ngok Virak, 25, and Heng Chan, 24, are suspected to be members of a three-man motorbike gang that stole US$5,603, 25,555 Thai baht ($844) and 9.1 million riels (about $2,275) from the Prasac branch in Sala Krao commune on Friday afternoon.

The two suspects were arrested on Saturday, around 24 hours after the crime.

During the arrests, police confiscated US$1,653, 8,699,000 riels and 25,200 Thai baht, along with a pistol.

Nob Srey Yuth, deputy chief of Pailin police, said yesterday that the group drove a motorbike in front of the bank, burst in and shot a security guard in the right shoulder before demanding cash.

“After collecting the money, they drove the motorbike and escaped successfully … they are skilled robbers,” he said.

The two men were yesterday being detained at police headquarters in Pailin for interrogation and were set to be charged at court today.

A third suspect - Sok Chamroenn – is being hunted by police and is believed to be in Siem Reap province.

“I think that this was the first time our police have arrested suspected armed robbers and were able to return most of the robbed money to the victim,” added Nob Srey Yuth.

MOST VIEWED

  • Angkor Wat named as the top landmark for the second year

    Travel website TripAdvisor has named Cambodia’s ancient wonder Angkor Wat as the top landmark in the world for the second year running in their Travelers’ Choice Award 2018, an achievement Cambodian tourism operators expect will attract more tourists to the Kingdom. The website uses traveller

  • New US bill ‘is a violation of Cambodian independence’

    After a US congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for “undermining democracy” in the Kingdom, government officials and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Sunday said they regarded the potential action as the “violation of independence and sovereignty

  • Hun Sen detractors ‘will die’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday said those who curse or insult him would eventually die without a plot of land to bury their bodies after being killed by lightning, suffering the same fate as those who recently died in Thmar Baing district in Koh

  • NOCC to contest petanque, tennis axe

    The National Olympic Committee of Cambodia will lobby hard over the next few weeks for the inclusion of the Kingdom’s most productive medal-earning sport, petanque, along with vovinam and tennis after the disciplines were left out of the initial list of 30 preferred sports for