Police in Tbong Khmum province’s Ponhea Krek district arrested a man for allegedly robbing his sister’s Wing money transfer kiosk on Monday, taking a money transfer machine and then poisoning himself later after being surrounded by police.
Chhoun Pin, 29, drove a motorbike up to a Wing kiosk named Srey Pich, which is owned by his older sister Pidor, taking only the money transfer machine and escaping to hide in a rental room about 1.5 kilometres from the scene, according to police.
Police later raided the room and found him lying on the ground, seemingly poisoned, along with the stolen machine he could use to withdraw money.
Ponhea Krek district police chief Orm Monyvann said the suspect swallowed poison when police surrounded his room, and that he was taken to hospital.
“The robbery was committed by her sibling and the gun he used was actually a wooden gun that had been covered with cloth to look like a real one,” he said. “He also took poison and he is now recovering. We already brought him in for questioning.”
“Only he himself took part in the robbery, but he borrowed the motorbike from someone else and he won’t tell us who,” he added. Mr Monyvann said it was likely that police wouldn’t investigate to whom the motorbike belonged because the suspect claimed he didn’t know the owner.
He added the suspect was addicted to drugs and had no money. He asked his sister for money, but she refused, so he robbed her.
The incident was caught by surveillance cameras, he noted.
A provincial police report said the suspect was in police detention prior to being sent to court.
Mr Pin has been imprisoned twice before on drug-related charges and each time, according to the report, his sister secretly bribed powerful officials to get him released.