KLIA RM 3.5 Million Robbery Shooters Arrested in Johor

First, this happened in KLIA on 9 April 2008:


From NST:

Four gunmen opened fire on two moneychangers and their bodyguard before escaping with almost S$1.5 million (about RM3.5 million) at the departure driveway of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 7.50pm on Wednesday. The shootout lasted five minutes, wounding five people.

The victims got down from the vehicle and were walking towards the departure hall when the four gunmen appeared, two in front and two at the back. Without a word, they opened fire. The armed escort returned fire but was shot in the leg along with the moneychangers.

It is learnt that most of them victims were shot in their legs and the gunmen cooly walked up to them took the bag and left in two vehicles, believed to be a BMW and a Toyota Hilux. Roadblocks were set up around KLIA within 15 minutes of the incident but no suspects had been detained yet.

When the drama ended, the driveway was strewn with about 40 bullet casings which police recovered, some lying 25 metres from the shooting scene. Several glass panels at Gates 7 and 8 were also cracked from gunshots.

Witnesses identified the gunmen as having dark complexion and it is learnt that they had two accomplices waiting for them in the getaway vehicles.

“Based on preliminary investigations, it appears that the robbers knew the movements of the victims and it is categorised as an organised crime, Zahedi said.


Then, this is where the culprits were caught on April 20 2008:


From Jed Yoong:

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) — Four suspects have been arrested in connection with a dramatic shootout and robbery at Malaysia’s main airport which left five people injured in a hail of bullets, the police said Sunday.

Thieves, who ambushed two money changers and their security guard outside the departure hall, escaped with more than a million dollars in cash in the incident earlier this month.

Police chief Musa Hassan said four suspects, who were found with firearms, were arrested in three separate raids on Friday in the southern state of Johor, state Bernama news agency reported.

Musa said police confiscated cash worth 779,622 ringgit (243,631 dollars) in Malaysian, Singaporean and American currencies in the raids and seized five automatic pistols as well as handcuffs and bullets.

The four suspects are said to have stayed overnight in a budget hotel in Sepang, where the airport is located, and then fled south to Johor, the Star newspaper said, citing sources.


As if we need Johor to be populated with hardcore, shoot-first-rob-later criminals again.

As Jed says: Erm, where was this news article in the papers?

And I testify too, I only found out about it from television: Singapore Channel 5 News!

Why Johor? To take a boat to Indonesia? Can’t be to Singapore, with their strict law enforcement and high-alert searching for Mas Selamat right now!

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2 Responses to “KLIA RM 3.5 Million Robbery Shooters Arrested in Johor”

  1. wits0 Says:

    “Dark complexion”? Withholding information and substitute with tantalizing details. WTF!

  2. hutchrun Says:

    Indian muslims, hundi (hawala) operators:

    In the most basic variant of the hawala system, money is transferred via a network of hawala brokers, or hawaladars. A customer approaches a hawala broker in one city and gives a sum of money to be transferred to a recipient in another, usually foreign, city. The hawala broker calls another hawala broker in the recipient’s city, gives disposition instructions of the funds (usually minus a small commission), and promises to settle the debt at a later date.

    Also a major source of terror financing.

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