KK cops bust four drug addicts for spate of robberies

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  • Saturday, 30 Jun 2018

KOTA KINABALU: The police here managed to solve at least three robberies around the city with the arrest of four drug addicts recently.

Kota Kinabalu police chief Asst. Comm M. Chandra said the arrests made between June 27 and 29 came following a report involving a 24-hour convenience store on June 24.

“We received a report saying that at about 4.49am on June 24, a man had entered a convenience store on the pretence of buying some candies,” he said in a statement on Saturday.

The suspect later went to the counter pretending to pay, and when the cashier, an 18-year-old local, asked if he had coins for the payment, the suspect acted as if he was searching for some in the bag he was carrying.

“However, the suspect pulled out a kitchen knife and used it to threaten the cashier and his colleague who was also at the counter for money,” ACP Chandra said.

He pointed the knife at the cashier and asked him to take out money from the machine.

Both workers took the money totalling RM1330.25 and gave it to the suspect, as they were afraid.

It is believed that the suspect had some accomplices waiting outside the store, and they had all fled in a Grab Car following the incident.

ACP Chandra said following the report, an operation was carried out to track the suspects.

“The suspect who had gone into the store is a 23-year-old undocumented man known as ‘cip’,” he said.

The suspect, along with three others comprising a 25-year-old local and two undocumented men aged 23 and 31, were subsequently nabbed between June 27 and 29.

ACP Chandra said the men all tested positive for drugs and were believed to be involved in at least two other robberies around the city.

The first suspect will be remanded until July 4 while the other will be remanded until July 2.

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