KUALA LUMPUR: A deliveryman was arrested by the police for his role in a robbery where cigarettes worth approximately RM90,000 were stolen.
The man had initially claimed that six armed thieves had robbed the delivery van he was driving.
However, Wangsa Maju district police chief Supt Rajab Ahad Ismail said that an investigation showed that he was actually in cahoots with the thieves.
"He told the police that the van was stolen during a robbery in Jalan Rampai Niaga 3 in Wangsa Maju as he was making his delivery rounds," said Supt Rajab.
Supt Rajab said that the "complainant" originally lodged a police report on Sept 17 stating that six men armed with machetes and steel batons escaped with the van.
He said in a statement on Friday (Sept 20) that CCTV footage revealed otherwise.
"The footage showed two men riding on a motorcycle approaching the van and the 'complainant'. One of the two pushed him before driving off with the van. He did not fight back," he said.
Supt Rajab added that an interrogation of the deliveryman revealed that he was in fact the mastermind of the robbery and that police personnel were taken to a house in Taman Sri Sinar, Segambut.
"Five men were arrested there and we found some of the stolen goods. The delivery van was also located and brought to the Wangsa Maju police headquarters," he said.
Out of the six suspects aged between 27 and 36 arrested by the police, one was found to have a police record for drug offences.
All suspects have been remanded for six days until Sept 24.