JOHOR BARU: Police foiled an attempt by seven men to grab RM120,000 in local and Singapore currency from a money-changer’s shop at Jalan Stesen here, last Friday.
The husband and wife who owned the shop had closed business for the day and were going back to their home in Century Garden at about 9pm when they were stopped at Melodies Garden, about five kilometres away, by a motorcyclist in a policeman’s uniform.
The 52-year-old husband stepped out to enquire why they were stopped when two men – apparently accomplices of the motorcyclist – rushed out from their cars.
One of them handcuffed the husband and dragged him into a Proton Iswara. Another “nabbed” his 49-year old wife and dragged her into another car, a Proton Wira.
The woman was driven back to the shop where the driver and his accomplices forced her to open the office. Two of them stuffed money into a bag while the others waited in the car.
A policeman patrolling the area spotted the woman and the suspects and called for back-up on sensing something amiss.
He and two other policemen arrived at the scene to nab the culprits.
The woman’s husband called her two hours later to say that he had been abandoned by the roadside in Skudai.
Johor Baru (South) OCPD Senior Asst Comm (II) Hashim Yusof said yesterday the case was being investigated as robbery and impersonating a policeman.
Police recovered RM60,000 as well as S$30,000 (RM68,700) and the uniform of police lance-corporal.
Police are looking for three men to assist in investigations. Those with information can contact the police at 07-223-2222 or the nearest police station.