Phnom Penh police are seeking to arrest two thieves over the theft of about $30,000 from a drink shop owner in Daun Penh district on Monday night.
Captain Sok Savuth, a penal police officer with the municipal criminal investigations department, said that at about 11pm on Monday, two unidentified Chinese men entered the Cheng Xin Outlet Shop in Phsar Thmey I commune.
Lou Yaoge, 50, the owner of the shop, then agreed to serve the two men noodles, he said.
“When the victim was walking from the table to the kitchen in order to cook the noodles for them, one of the two suspects walked behind him and caught him while the other broke the CCTV camera in the shop,” he said. “After catching the victim, they tied him up with ropes. They beat him, threatened to kill him and forced him to tell them where his money and valuables were.”
“After the victim told them where he kept his property above the shop, they climbed up to loot it,” he added. “After looting the victim’s property, they managed to flee from the shop.”
Cap Savuth said that after they left the shop, the victim managed to free himself and ran out of the shop shouting for help. Local police forces later arrived.
According to the victim’s report to police, the two robbers made off with about $30,000 and two mobile phones.
Daun Penh district police chief Colonel Teang Chanasar said the suspects likely lost money gambling and robbed the shop in order to repay loan sharks threatening their lives.
He added that police are working to identify and arrest the suspects.