Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Robbery arrests in Poipet, Sihanoukville

Robbery arrests in Poipet, Sihanoukville

Six people sit on the ground in Preah Sihanouk province earlier this week after they were detained by military police for robbery. Photo supplied
Six people sit on the ground in Preah Sihanouk province earlier this week after they were detained by military police for robbery. Photo supplied

Robbery arrests in Poipet, Sihanoukville

Two men were arrested late yesterday afternoon following a morning robbery in Poipet town that saw the city’s jewellery shops shuttered in fear after one of their number lost more than $40,000 in cash and merchandise.

Soy Sophanna, the 35-year-old victim, was driving her motorbike from her house to her shop with her 11-year-old daughter when two men on a moto blocked her path, aimed a gun at her head and demanded her valuables.

“I was afraid that the robbers might shoot me and my daughter dead,” she said. “I stopped the motorbike, opened the seat, and took out the money and jewellery and handed it to them.”

The men then drove away with a haul north of $40,000. As news of the brazen robbery spread, vendors began closing their shops, fearing more crimes by the same suspects.

By 5:15pm Poipet municipal and military police on the case had managed to surround and arrest two suspects. However, authorities did not find the loot, according to Chea Da, the military police commander at Poipet Town.

In a separate incident in Sihanoukville on Tuesday, police arrested six people suspected of committing armed robberies in the capital. They were found hiding out in Akasya forest, near Phumi I village.

The suspects include two women and four men, all from Phnom Penh. Authorities also seized three motorbikes, one of which was stolen from a victim in the capital.

“Three of them admitted that they robbed twice – one time was in front of the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital and another one was near Boeung Trabek,” said Hort Seyha, the Sihanoukville military police commander.

MOST VIEWED

  • 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

  • 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

  • Ministry’s plan for net sparks fears

    The government has ordered all domestic and international internet traffic in the Kingdom to pass through a Data Management Centre (DMC) that has been newly created by the state-owned Telecom Cambodia, in a move some have claimed is an attempt to censor government critics. Spokesman

  • 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