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Cops put a stop to gang’s bump-and-rob spree

PETALING JAYA: Members of a bump-and-rob syndicate almost hit the jackpot when they robbed an army veteran of his Toyota Camry and found a shotgun in the boot.

But their crime spree came to an end the next day when a task force swooped in and arrested them.

Petaling Jaya OCPD Mohd Zani Che Din said the task force was formed following several reports of similar cases.

“The gang had allegedly robbed a woman with a parang at a laundromat in Kota Damansara on May 8 and fled in her Perodua MyVi,” he told reporters at the district police headquarters yesterday.

“The gang then used the stolen car to rob the retired army man near the Sri Muda toll plaza at around 11pm on Tuesday.”

He said the two cars were spotted by police near the Bukit Jalil area at around 2.30am the following day.

“A check revealed that both vehicles had fake number plates.

“We arrested two women and a man in the Perodua, along with two other men who were in the midst of taking out items from the boot of the Toyota,” he said.

Police also seized the shotgun, both vehicles and a parang.

According to ACP Mohd Zani, police arrested four more men in a follow-up operation.

“All the suspects are in their 20s and five of them have records for drug and robbery-related crimes.

“We have remanded all nine suspects,” he said, adding that police had linked the group to at least 10 cases in Shah Alam, Sungai Buloh and Petaling Jaya.

He did not rule out the possibility that the group had underworld connections.