Four armed men robbed a Taiwanese businessman of a reported $50,000 Tuesday morning in the parking lot of Acleda Bank’s Phnom Penh headquarters on Monivong Boulevard, police and witnesses said.
Phnom Penh Municipal Police Chief Touch Naruth identified the victim as Ly Minh Yang, 52, the owner of a steel shop in Phnom Penh, who was held up by four men who fired one shot from a handgun as they escaped on two motorcycles at about 11:25 am.
Police at the scene said the victim had parked his Mercedes in the lot and was entering the bank at the time of the robbery.
“My policemen are working on the case,” Touch Naruth said, adding that police are searching for the robbers and reviewing video from the bank’s security cameras, which recorded a portion of the robbery.
“We saw the pictures of the two motorbikes and the four men, but did not see the money because in the video where they are fighting the video camera shows only 25 seconds,” he said.
Touch Naruth maintained that the bank’s security was at fault for not having caught the entire attack on video.
“This is a case of carelessness of the owner of Acleda Bank’s security,” he said.
Bo Rotha, a security guard who was interviewed by reporters shortly after the robbery, said that the robbers fired a single gunshot into the air before taking Ly Minh Yang’s money.
“When they started to fight, the victim threw the money on the ground near the security guard booth, and the gunmen took it,” he said.
A 17-year-old street vendor who witnessed the robbery, said the robbers sped south on Monivong Boulevard.
“First was the gun sound and then they left very fast,” she said on condition of anonymity. “I am very afraid.”
Acleda officials at the scene declined to comment and would not allow reporters to enter the bank after the incident.