Two men took off with millions of kyat worth of cash and gold.
Two unknown assailants robbed a gold shop in the southern Shan State town of Kesi last week, taking off with gold items and cash.
A pair of men arrived at the shop—owned by Sai Kham Lu and Nang Khin Ngwe—at around 5:00 p.m. on May 3 and reportedly tried to sell a small Buddha statue before demanding money at gunpoint, local sources said.
Kesi Township MP Sai San Mueng confirmed the incident to SHAN.
“Two men arrived at the gold shop and tried to sell a small statue of Buddha for 30 million kyat (US$19,648). The owner of the gold shop refused to buy the Buddha statue. After that the robbers showed their gun and asked for 10 million kyat ($6,550),” Sai San Mueng said.
The men left with eight tical of gold—more than 130 grams—and 1 million kyat ($655) in cash, according to the MP.
The value of the stolen goods and cash combined was estimated to be 10 million kyat.
The men remain at large, even though the incident has been reported to the Kesi Township police.