Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Notorious robbery ‘gang’ busted in Kandal

Notorious robbery ‘gang’ busted in Kandal

Four men lie on the ground in Kandal province last week after they were apprehended by authorities for a spate of robberies across the Kingdom. Photo supplied
Four men lie on the ground in Kandal province last week after they were apprehended by authorities for a spate of robberies across the Kingdom. Photo supplied

Notorious robbery ‘gang’ busted in Kandal

A group of six notorious accused robbers – who had been operating in several provinces where they robbed villagers, gold sellers and money exchange businesses, including Wing branches – was on Thursday arrested by police, announced yesterday.

Authorities paraded the men and a collection of evidence before the media during a press conference organised by the Ministry of Interior yesterday.

The group’s suspected ringleader, Bet Toeu, 35, from Prey Veng, was shot in one leg on Thursday as he attempted to escape to avoid arrest. The group was arrested in Svay Tany village in Kandal’s Sa’ang district.

Loek Vannak, deputy chief of the Ministry of Interior’s crime department, said the group had committed at least 10 robberies in Prey Veng, Kampong Chhnang, Takeo, Tbong Khmum, Kampong Cham and Kandal provinces. “They have robbed and killed people,” Vannak said.

Major General Keng Sokun, also deputy chief of the crime department, said the group was part of an armed robbery gang that authorities cracked down on in 2015 in Roka Korng village in Kandal’s Muk Kampoul district.

Sokun said Toeu was also associated with a robber known as Mormis, who is believed to be the ringleader of the group busted in Roka Korng.

The gang had recently purchased construction materials from a seller at his home in Kandal in order to case the premises.

On Thursday, the group was allegedly headed back to the home to commit the robbery, but were being tracked by police, Sokun said.

Authorities surrounded the vehicle they were in and ordered them to exit the vehicle, which is when Toeu tried to escape. Police shot more than 10 rounds into the air to compel him to stop, Sokun said, “but he kept running, so authorities shot him in the leg to stop him”.

Four men stand behind a table displaying evidence yesterday after they were arrested in Kandal province for a string of robberies. National Police
Four men stand behind a table displaying evidence yesterday after they were arrested in Kandal province for a string of robberies. National Police

Only four of the suspects were shown to the media during yesterday’s press conference be-cause Toeu was getting treatment and another suspect had health problems.

The other suspects were Chea Pich, 35; Mon Khun, 48; Oh Vorn, 24; Chea Rotha, 42; and Khem Thea, 48, also known as Thoeun, who previously served a one-year term in prison for theft in Banteay Meanchey.

The group will be sent to Kampong Chhnang police station because they committed two robberies in that province – including one in 2014 in which a victim was killed – with the most recent case on July 31, Sokun said. The group had been operating for at least three years, Kandal police said.

Authorities confiscated two guns, a K-59 pistol and an AK47, and several other pieces of equipment, including two torches.

Daravuth Doeuk, compliance director for Wing, said the company takes safety as a top priority. He said company officials became aware through the media that the group had planned to rob a Wing branch in Kandal before being arrested, and said the management team was going to assess the incident to see if more security was needed at branches.

“We need to understand the environment, and we will study it carefully and decide,” he said. He said there are already several security safeguards at each branch, including bulletproof windows and security cameras.

Employees attend security training at least twice a year, he added, and popular locations are required to have a security guard on site.

Additional reporting by Yesenia Amaro and Phak Seangly

MOST VIEWED

  • Two luxury hotels latest quarantine options for inbound travellers

    The Inter-Ministerial Committee to Combat Covid-19 has designated two luxury hotels as alternative quarantine options for travellers who wish to enter Cambodia through Phnom Penh International Airport – Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel & Residence and the Courtyard by Marriott Phnom Penh. In a notice detailing guidelines issued

  • Visa A holders get to quarantine at Himawari Hotel

    The Ministry of Health has permitted foreign diplomats, UN and International NGO officials to undergo quarantine at Himawari Hotel in the capital in case they do not have a separate place suitable for this purpose, but the government would not be responsible for the expenses.

  • Baby saved as mother is lost to Covid

    Newborn baby Neth David has had a rough start in the world. His mother, Vong Daneth, was seven months pregnant when she contracted a severe case of Covid-19. When it became clear to her doctors that she would not survive, they performed a cesarean section

  • Jabs for kids bring hope for school reopenings

    Cambodia is tentatively planning to reopen schools – at least at the secondary level – when the vaccination of children aged 12-17 is completed, even though daily transmissions and deaths in other age groups remain high. Schools across the country have been suspended since March 20, one month

  • Hun Sen: Get 12-17 age group ready for Covid jabs

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has told parents of children aged 12-17 in Phnom Penh and the provinces of Kandal and Preah Sihanouk to get them ready for vaccinations soon. “There is a need to vaccinate children and youths aged 12 to 17. According to the statistics provided

  • Covid rattles Phnom Penh’s retail landscape through H1

    The Covid-19 pandemic has rocked the retail landscape in Phnom Penh, with anxiety around infection risk keeping the masses away from shopping malls and driving retail consumption down by nearly five per cent in the first half of this year, compared to July-December 2020, according to