18 April 2012
8 nabbed 8 hours after robbery
By CHUAH BEE KIM
JOHOR police arrested eight men, aged between 20 and 35 in Kota Tinggi and Johor Baru eight hours after they had allegedly robbed a security van containing RM462,000 in front of a bank in Jalan Niaga in Kota Tinggi at 2.30pm recently.
Johor police chief Datuk Mokhtar Shariff said police immediately set up a special task force to track down the robbers.
Mokhtar said police retrieved RM451,950 following the arrest of the suspects and the case is being investigated under Section 395 and 397 of the Penal Code for gang robbery and armed robbery.
All suspects do not have previous records and their urine tests results revealed that they were not under the influence of drugs.
On a separate matter, Mokhtar said police rounded up 12 men aged between 17 and 36 believed to be involved in several robbery cases in the northern district of Johor Baru.
The suspects were rounded up following raids in Taman Ungku Tun Aminah, Johor Baru recently.
Police seized a parang, house break-in tools, masks, gloves, a Nissan Grand Livina, which was reported stolen in Seremban and two other cars.
Also seized were 25 handphones, electrical items, two laptop computers and three television sets.
Of the 12 suspects, three had previous records for violent crimes while two were on the police wanted list for drug-related cases in Johor Baru south and Nusajaya.
The suspects were also being investigated under Section 395 and 397 of the Penal Code for gang robbery and armed robbery as well as Section 457 of the same code for housebreaking.
Mokhtar said with the arrest of the 12 suspects, police believe that they have solved 11 robbery cases and eight house break-in cases in Johor Baru north.
In yet another matter, police arrested five men aged between 19 and 32 after raiding a budget hotel in Tampoi, Johor Baru on Sunday.
In the 12.30pm incident, police seized two parangs, a Proton Waja, 13 handphones, a digital video disc player, house break-in tools and two passports that did not belong to any of the suspects.
Mokhtar said two of the suspects were on the police wanted list. All the suspects were also tested positive for drugs.
The suspects were also being investigated under Section 395 and 307 of Penal Code.
In yet another matter, a pistol was found by two workers who were cleaning a drain at the Pagoh Rest and Recreation Area on April 13 at 11.10am.
The case is being investigated under Section 8 of the Fire Arms Act, 1960, which carries a jail term of up to seven years and maximum fine of RM10,000, or both.
18 April 2012
Couple among four nabbed for robbery
By Chong Chee Seong
A 20-year-old woman, who is still undergoing post-maternity checkups in a government clinic after giving birth to a baby girl four months ago, was arrested together with her husband and two other men following a spate of armed robberies in Pagoh, Bakri and Parit Jawa recently.
Muar police chief Assistant Commissioner Muhammad Nasir Ramli, in a press conference at the Muar police headquarters on Monday, said the suspects surveyed shops on two motorcycles and stopped at ones which had no customers.
He said the four wore helmets, while one of them armed with a parang, and entered the shops on the pretext of buying goods.
Nasir said they would hold up the shop proprietors, seize cash and other valuables before fleeing the scene.
Police arrested the four suspects in a house at Tanjung Agas, Ledang, recently and seized seven handphones and one parang.
Nasir said the men, aged between 18 and 25 years, tested positive for drugs.
He said with the arrest, police solved six cases of robberies in Muar.
In an unrelated incident, police arrested three boys, aged 13 to 14 years, within six hours after four stall-holders at the Parit Jawa wet market lodged police reports that their stalls had been broken into.
Nasir said the boys encroached into the market compound at midnight recently, ransacked drawers and stole goods including eggs and soft drinks and RM20 in cash.
In another case, Nasir said police arrested two teenagers, both 18, for motorcycle theft recently.
He said they used a master key to unlock a motorcycle parked on the road.
Nasir said with the arrest, police solved two motorcycle thefts in Muar.