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Progress in bank robbery case

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Police investigate the bank robbery in August. KT/Chor Sokunthea

National Police have identified some of the suspects who robbed an RHB Indochina bank branch in broad daylight in Phnom Penh on August 23, making off with about $100,000.

Five masked men armed with guns and body armour brazenly robbed the RHB Indochina bank branch on Mao Tse Toung Boulevard in Chamkar Mon district.

National Police spokesman Lieutenant General Chhay Kim Khoeun said yesterday that some of the suspects have been identified, but declined to provide names.

“We found the identity of some of the robbers who robbed the bank,” he said. “However, we are working hard to find them and cannot reveal more as the investigation continues.”

Video footage from within the bank circulating online showed five masked men wearing motorbike helmets point guns at a bank security guard and stash cash into a bag while behind a teller’s counter.

The robbers made off with about $100,000. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Colonel Yin San, Chamkar Mon district police chief, said his officers are working on the case and he cannot talk about it.

Phnom Penh police chief Lieutenant General Sar Thet could not be reached for comment yesterday.

In July, the National Bank of Cambodia said banks were no longer in need of armed guards because the country had “fully achieved peace”.

“Security guards do not need to have weapons while working because it could provoke life-threatening incidents and cause public disorder,” an NBC statement said.

In the wake of the brazen robbery, the Interior Ministry released a statement saying that banks could request the use of armed police to protect their premises.

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