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.