KUALA LUMPUR: Police have arrested two bogus Customs officers, who conned and robbed several businessmen, after their latest victim gave them the slip and lodged a report recently.
Two men, aged 39 and 44, were picked up in Chow Kit a couple of days ago.
City deputy CID chief Asst Comm Syed Ismail Syed Azizan confirmed the arrest.
The two, flashing fake authority cards, had been tricking businessmen into believing that they had not paid Customs duties for the goods they were selling and demanded payment to “settle the matter.”
Those who refused to pay were threatened that they would be handcuffed.
Police have seized several fake Customs Department security tags, books on the department’s regulations and procedures regarding importing and exporting goods and a pair of handcuffs.
The two men, believed to have been operating for the past few months, are said to have gotten away with thousands of ringgit in cash and goods, mainly cigarettes.
The two men’s activities came to light when a businessman, who was transporting clove cigarettes to his shop, was stopped by four “Customs officers” near his home in Taman Desa Bakti last month.
They told the businessman that he was involved in smuggling and asked for payment.
When the 34-year-old businessman refused, they handcuffed him and robbed him of RM20,000 cash.
As the suspects were loading the cigarettes into their car, the businessman managed to slip away and run to a police station.
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