IPOH: An oil palm plantation supervisor and a mechanic who had been robbing several 24-hour convenience stores in the state have been caught.
They were selling the stolen items to a sundry shop owner in Bercham.
Police also arrested the 29-year-old owner after raiding the shop.
Ipoh OCPD Asst Comm Sum Chang Keong said based on a tip-off police arrested the two men on Friday.
They were planning their third robbery of the day at a store in Kampung Tawas, near here.
He said the two men, aged 21 and 27, were believed to have robbed two stores in Jelapang and Bercham earlier that day.
ACP Sum said the group had carried out at least 15 robberies in Ipoh and several more in Kampar and Batu Gajah.
He added that the supervisor, also from Bercham, had no criminal record, but the 27-year-old from Manjung had two records for vehicle theft and robbery.
He said police recovered a parang, cash and 85 boxes of cigarettes from the three men.
The modus operandi of the group was to enter the outlet in the pretext of making a purchase. Once inside, they would threaten their victims with parang.
The three have been remanded until Friday.
In another case, ACP Sum said a 58-year-old man in Menglembu caught a thief who had snatched his chain after a short chase and handed him over to police.