Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Robbery gang crippled

MALACCA: Police have crippled a gang, including two 16-year-old students, believed to be responsible for a string of ruthless robberies targeting people walking alone and newspaper vendors here for the past two months.

State CID chief Asst Comm Raja Sharom Raja Abdullah said the gang, whose other members were former college students, would rent a car to stage their robberies.

“This allowed them to drive in search of their victims, mostly those walking alone. The victims are mainly from the Merlimau district,” he said.

To mask their identities, the gang members would don baseball hats and cover their faces during the robberies, said ACP Raja Sharom, adding that the members were known to brutally assault anyone who refused to hand over their belongings.

ACP Raja Sharom said police made a breakthrough when they picked up a 21-year-old man at 4.30am on Friday, which led to the arrest of four others in Alai Perdana and Taman Pertam Jaya.

“We are now after another gang member who is on the run,” he said, adding that those detained were aged between 16 and 22.

“We believe we have solved 15 robbery cases in the past few months with these arrests,” added ACP Raja Sharom.

The five have been put under remand until tomorrow.
Source : Click


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