What to say but SERVE HIM RIGHT?
From The Star 12 May 2010:
Robber shot in botched heist
By AUSTIN CAMOENS
JOHOR BARU: An illegal immigrant was shot in the leg when he tried to rob a 68-year-old man who withdrew some money earlier from a bank, in Taman Pelangi here.
The drama began when the victim was waylaid by four men on two motorcycles as he was entering his vehicle parked outside the bank.
A policeman patrolling the area noticed the scuffle and went to the man’s aid but was in turn attacked by the suspects. The policemen opened fire twice as he was out-numbered.
‘Shot in action’: The injured robber apprehended by police after his accomplices fled empty-handed in a robbery attempt near Taman Pelangi Tuesday.
Johor police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff said the other three robbers fled empty handed on seeing one of them shot.
“The gang is believed to be involved in various wayside robberies in the area, most recent being last week when they robbed a man of RM57,000 after he withdrew money from another bank in the area,” he said.
DCP Mohd Mokhtar urged anyone with information on the case to contact the police hotline at 07-2212 999.
Good on ya, JB cop!
UPDATE: From The Star 14 May 2010:
Busted – gang that preys on bank customers
By NELSON BENJAMIN and MOHD FARHAAN SHAH
JOHOR BARU: Police have busted an Indonesian gang which targeted people withdrawing large amounts of money from banks, with the arrest of two Indonesians.
The first suspect was nabbed after he was shot in the leg during a robbery outside a bank on Tuesday. His accomplice was nabbed within minutes near Holiday Plaza.
Sources said the suspects would usually split up with one gang member hanging around banks or teller machines trying to spot people making large withdrawals.
It is learnt that once a victim had been identified, the gang member waiting outside the bank would trail the victim and “strike” at traffic light junctions or lonely stretches.
Most of their victims were woman who placed their handbags on the car seat.
It was reported that an illegal immigrant was shot in the leg when he tried to rob an elderly man who withdrew some money earlier from a bank in Taman Pelangi.
Johor police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff said police were confident of arresting the remaining gang members who were believed to be responsible for at least 10 cases in the state.
It is learnt that police have launched a manhunt for at least two other gang members still at large.
Investigations showed that this gang has been known to travel to Indonesia frequently after committing robberies around the country.
Police are still trying to ascertain whether the same group was involved in the case of a Singaporean woman who was robbed of more than S$50,000 (RM115,000) .
Meanwhile in an unrelated case, police arrested two suspects, including an illegal immigrant, involved in three robberies and break-ins.
DCP Mohd Mokhtar said they had entered a marketing office through the roof and stolen a laptop and RM10,000 at about 9am on May 8.
Police later raided a house in Kg Semangat in Kempas and arrested two people.
They seized three mobile phones, three parang, two laptops, one set of keys, three watches, four iron cutters, three video players, and two crowbars.