Armed Robbers Steal 23K at Cassava Shop in Kratie
A group of armed robbers made off with more than $23,000 in cash and valuables on Saturday night after holding up a cassava shop in Kratie province, according to police.
Captain Buth Noeun, the Deputy Chief of Snuo district police, said on Saturday night about 7 pm three robbers armed with an AK-47 rifle and a pistol arrived at the cassava shop in Pi Thnou Commune, Snual District, and threatened 55-year-old shop owner Nam Kimheng, who was by herself.
Mrs. Kimheng told police that one of the robbers pointed his rifle at her and threatened to kill her if she did not hand over the keys to the money box, as well as the location of other valuables hidden around the shop.
Captain Noeun said the group collected a total of 90 million riel (about $22,500), two mobile phones and other jewelry worth about $2,000 from Mrs. Kimheng before making their escape.
“After collecting the victim’s possessions, they managed to successfully escape from the scene,” he told Khmer Times yesterday. “After the robbery, the victim’s family reported it to the police, but it was too late because the suspects already escaped.”
Mrs. Kimheng could not be contacted for comment yesterday.
Captain Noeun added that police have been unable to track down the three suspected robbers and still do not know their identities. “Until now, police have not arrested them. We are still working hard on this case,” he said.
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