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Auto parts dealer killed in robbery

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
Police collect evidence at the crime scene. CEN

Siem Reap city police are looking for suspects involved in the murder of an auto parts dealer in the province after a group of assailants broke into his home and stabbed his throat multiple times.

Major Veng Bunly, deputy chief of Siem Reap city police, said the crime occurred yesterday morning at about 2.30am at the victim’s home in Svay Dangkum commune.

Maj Bunly identified the victim as Pin Samnang, a 43-year-old businessman who sold auto parts in Siem Reap city. He was killed after a group of people stabbed his throat with a vegetable knife, he said.

Maj Bunly said that on the night of the murder, the victim was alone at his home. His wife and other family members were spending the night elsewhere.

Maj Bunly said that at about 2:30am, assailants broke into the victim’s house and entered the bedroom while the victim was asleep. The suspects proceeded to stab the victim multiple times in the throat with a vegetable knife.

“According to the autopsy, the suspects stabbed the victim many times with a sharp knife, causing the victim to die,” Maj Bunly said. “After killing the victim, the suspects stole his properties and took his CCTV camera which was planted inside his home.”

The murdered auto parts dealer. CEN

At about 8am, relatives returned home and discovered the victim’s body and reported the incident to authorities, he said.

Maj Bunly said that according to the victim’s relatives, the assailants stole three gold necklaces worth $5,000, one gold ring worth $500, three smart phones, one CCTV camera and some cash.

Colonel Duong Sokha, chief of the criminal investigations department with Siem Reap provincial police, said that the murder was motivated by robbery.

“So far, police have not identified the suspects,” he said. “We’re having difficulties because the victim’s CCTV camera was taken by the suspects.”

Police are seeking any information that could lead to the arrest of the suspects wanted in the murder and robbery, he added.

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