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Six Chinese arrested on suspicion of armed robberies

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:

Preah Sihanouk provincial military police yesterday arrested six Chinese nationals for allegedly stealing $2,000 from a KTV outlet in Sihanoukville.

Major Nuon Sopheak, a military police officer with the provincial military police, said that at about 12pm on Monday, 10 Chinese nationals arrived in a Lexus SUV at a Chinese-owned KTV outlet in Sihanoukville.

Maj Sopheak added that after they entered the establishment, they held down 29-year-old cashier Long Hua You, stole $2,000 from him and fled.

“At first, they pretended to be guests entering the KTV outlet,” he said. “But after they got inside, they held down the cashier, they then beat him and threatened to kill him before forcing him to give them the money.”

“They pushed the victim’s desk and stole a total of $2,000 from him,” he added. “And after stealing the money, they walked out from the building, got into their Lexus SUV and fled.”

Maj Sopheak said that after they fled, Mr Long alerted provincial military police.

He said that after receiving the victim’s complaint, provincial military police began investigating by inspecting the CCTV footage inside the KTV outlet.

Maj Sopheak added that the six suspects were yesterday arrested at their rental house in Sihanoukville. They were arrested after police identified them based on the CCTV footage.

After their arrests, police seized a Lexus SUV and six passports from them.

He added that military police are still looking to arrest the remaining four suspects who are still at large.

Brigadier General Heng Bunty, provincial military police commander, yesterday said that the six men are accused of thefts with aggravating circumstances.

He added that the men are still being questioned at the provincial military police headquarters, noting that they will be sent to Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court today.

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