One Killed, Over $300K Stolen In 3 Separate Armed Robberies

Armed robbers killed a woman and stole more than $300,000 worth of valuables and cash in three separate incidents on Saturday evening, with two men arrested in connection with one of the crimes, police said on Sunday.

The murder occurred during a robbery in Pursat province in which a group of four masked men armed with two AK-47s followed Khan Chanthim, 31, home from a wedding, according to provincial penal police chief Soeung Sopheak.

“The female victim was shot and killed by four gunmen who stole her belongings at 6:30 p.m. in [Phnom] Kravanh district,” he said.

Before shooting Khan Chanthim, the robbers tied her husband, Chey Phea, 34, to the front door and beat him, then stole a total of about $7,000 in cash and gold jewelry worth about $4,000.

Seperately, four men armed with three AK-47s, two handguns and an ax broke into the home of Lay Bunnary, 54, who runs a Wing money transfer kiosk in Kandal province’s Khsach Kandal district, according to deputy district police chief Un Yong.

They beat Mr. Bunnary’s daughter and son-in-law to force them to reveal where the family’s valuables were hidden, he said, adding that the men stole $30,000 in cash and $6,500 worth of gold. Mr. Yong said police were searching for the suspects, who they believe escaped into a nearby forest.

In Battambang City, a team of six gunmen robbed a couple who owned a jewelry shop and money exchange as they arrived home with a load of jewelry and money, according to deputy provincial police chief Chet Vanny.

The men, carrying AK-47s and handguns, held the couple at gunpoint while they stole $300,000 worth of gold and money before driving off on three motorbikes and firing two warning shots into the air, he said.

“Our police forces cooperated with Battambang provincial military police to arrest two suspects today and our forces are continuing to seek to arrest the others,” Mr. Vanny said.

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