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Arrest after shots fired in robbery

Arrest after shots fired in robbery

Police in Kampong Speu province’s Samrong Tong district have arrested a man suspected of being a member of a gang of armed robbers who held up a gas station owner and his family on Tuesday night and made off with cash and jewellery worth more than $10,000.

Police said that, according to the business owner Leng Ratha, 48, five armed men stormed into his home and took a box containing about $12,000 and snatched a platinum necklace.

They then fired several times to frighten the victim’s family, causing a slight injury to his 19-year-old daughter, Leng Nay Im.

Kaom Mom, 47, was arrested after police allegedly found some of the victims’ possessions, such as ID cards and an ATM card, behind the suspect’s home.

“The suspect denied he was involved in the robbery, and has been sent to the provincial police station for further questioning,” said Mech Sophaon, deputy district police chief.

At the crime scene, police found five bullet casings, including ones fired from an AK47, an M16 and a pistol.

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