Carjackers strike in Rawang


Lai Kok Chuan, 52, the owner of Heng Kee Restaurant said his two year-old Toyota Vios was hijacked at 11pm on July 7 showing the police report he had made at Rawang community police station.

Toyota vehicle owners are said to be the target of carjackers in Bandar Country Homes in Rawang and nearby areas.

Over a period of five months up to July, residents claimed there have been at least 10 such incidents with the thieves adopting the same modus operandi and targeting only Toyota vehicles.

Bandar Country Homes Residents Association chairman Soong Beng Khoon said residents were living in fear.

He said the carjackers wore ski masks and were armed with parang.

“I drive a Toyota Camry and fear that I could fall victim next.

“We want the police to increase their patrols as there is now a community police station inside this area.

“I also urge those staying in other phases in Bandar Country Homes to either employ a security guard or conduct their own patrols as well as look out for any suspicious looking characters or vehicles.

“At present, only Phases 3, 6, 12 and 13 have security guards,’’ said Soong, claiming that the victims had lodged police reports.

Several incidents are said to have happened on July 14. Kedai Ubat Weng Heng owner Hah Weng Heng, 44, had closed his premises at 9pm and was heading home to Phase Two.

When he reached home, a white Toyota Camry pulled up behind him and three men came out and started ordering him to hand over his car keys and bag, with RM3,000 cash inside.

“I handed them everything and they drove off in my five-year-old Toyota Camry. The driver was waiting in the car.

“I spoke about the incident with my customers and they said there have been at least 10 similar cases,” said Hah, adding that a Toyota Hilux was also carjacked in Kundang on July 14.

Also targeted on July 14 was banker Edwin Foo, 39, who was walking back to his car with his wife and child after having dinner at 8.30pm near the Bandar Country Homes market.

He noticed a white Toyota Camry parked next to his Toyota Vios.

As soon as he got in, three men wearing ski masks and armed with parang got out and demanded that he hand over the keys to his car.

“I gave it to them and they also took my wallet but I asked them to return my MyKad which they did.

“They told us not to scream or create a scene,’’ he said.

In another incident, Lai Kok Chuan, 52, the owner of Heng Kee Restaurant said his two-year-old Toyota Vios was hijacked at 11pm on July 7.

“I noticed a white Toyota Camry near my shop at closing time as I was about to go home to Phase One.

“As soon as I parked my vehicle, the same Toyota Camry parked behind me and a few men came out and told me to hand over the car keys.

“They then sped off with my car which also had a mobile phone and RM2,000 in cash,’’ said Lai.

He said he knows of a woman who had her Toyota Hiace carjacked at the Bandar Country Homes market at 8pm on May 14.

Rawang OCPD ASP Tasiman Zubair said he had not received any reports on carjacking in Rawang but would check with personnel at the community police station.

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