KUALA LUMPUR: They come, they rob and they return to Indonesia with the loot. This has been the modus operandi of a group of robbers over the last few years.
However, the rob-and-travel days of the eight robbers came to a halt on Thursday when police nabbed them in an apartment in Sri Petaling here while they were in the midst of dividing their loot.
During the raid at 7.30am, one of the robbers tried to escape from the police party by leaping off from the first floor, but crashed into some awnings instead.
City CID chief Senior Asst Comm II Aziz Bulat said the Indonesians, aged between 26 and 41, had used Kukup in Johor as their entry and exit point.
He said a police party from the city crime prevention unit led by Chief Insp A. Sundra recovered some RM100,000 worth of valuables including watches, jewellery and electronic items from the rented apartment.
“We also recovered several cutters, screwdrivers and parang used to commit the robberies,” SAC Aziz said.
He added that the gang was not only active in the city but also in Klang, Negri Sembilan and Malacca.
It was learnt that city police got wind of the gang’s activities after they tied up a family at knife-point during a robbery in Klang, three hours prior to their arrest.
Initial investigations also showed that the gang entered the country regularly on social passes.
In another unrelated incident, a motorcyclist who wanted to relieve himself stumbled upon the skeletal remains of a woman in a ravine beside the motorcycle lane along the Federal Highway near Angkasapuri at 9am here yesterday.
The woman, who could have been murdered some three weeks back, was found with both her hands tied and a string around her neck.
Police were unable to ascertain her identity as no personal documents were found at the scene.
Those with information on the case are urged to contact the Brickfields district police headquarters at 03-2274 2222.