JOHOR BARU: Nine car owners here have been robbed of their vehicles by parang-wielding thugs who later used the cars to commit more robberies on Wednesday and yesterday.
The crimes are believed to have been committed by the same gang.
One victim, Wong Chan Sing, 44, was almost run down by the robbers after he was robbed of his Toyota Camry and valuables.
His car was used by the thugs to rob another motorist about 45 minutes later.
Wong was in front of his friend’s house in Taman Daya when three men in a Nissan Sunny stopped and two of them got down and asked for directions.
“Somehow, my instincts told me that something was not right, and instead of responding to their queries, I walked back to my car. The next thing I knew, the driver reversed his car into me,” said Wong.
“Before I could get up, one of them held a parang to my neck, and demanded for the keys to my Toyota Camry, wallet and handphone and sped off in my car,” he said at a press conference organised by Ayer Hitam MCA MP Wee Ka Siong.
Wong then rushed home to call the police and a team arrived less than 10 minutes later, informing him that patrol units had been informed to be on the look out for his car and the suspects.
Another victim, Sow Soon Heng, 44, was just about to drive into his house in Bandar Seri Alam at 5.15pm when he was intercepted by two men who were using Wong’s car.
The duo, each armed with a parang, demanded the keys to Sow's Kia Spectra and also went into his house and took his wife’s jewellery worth RM3,000 before driving off with his car.
According to police, Sow’s Kia Spectra was used by the group to commit another robbery at around 7.15pm in Taman Gaya.
Six similar robberies were later reported.
Confirming the nine robberies, Johor Baru (south) OCPD Senior Assistant Commissioner Mohd Hashim Yusof said that police were investigating the cases.
Wee urged the public, especially taxi drivers with radio facilities to help the police in such cases.