Long-time worker fakes robbery

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 11 Dec 2019

Facing the law: Police escorting the two workers out of the George Town Magistate’s Court.

GEORGE TOWN: A nasi kandar outlet owner was left disheartened after his 18-year-long trust in one of his workers was broken when the worker made a false robbery claim involving the shop’s takings of more than RM122,000.

Buruhan Mohamad said it would now be difficult for him to trust any of his workers after the incident where the worker, in his 40s, and another worker lodged a false police report claiming that they were robbed of the shop’s weekly collection of RM122,555 on Monday.

The incident sparked off a major gridlock in most parts of the island after police set up roadblocks in all exit points on the island.

Buruhan said the worker had worked for him at the Bukit Jambul outlet for nearly two decades.

“He even met his wife while she was working with us, ” he said yesterday.

An online report in The Star stated that police arrested two men, who claimed they were robbed of the restaurant’s takings of RM122,555 around noon on Monday.Road users in the city were caught in a massive jam after police scrambled to put up roadblocks to apprehend the “robbers” following the police report lodged by the workers.

Both workers later confessed to making a false report.

It was also reported that George Town OCPD Asst Comm Soffian Santong said the workers claimed two men in balaclavas arrived on a motorcycle near the restaurant and demanded to see their MyKad.

They claimed one of the “robbers” pointed a knife at the stomach of one of the men and demanded a bag containing the cash to be handed over.

Police later seized the money which was hidden in a car.

Both workers have since been remanded by assistant registrar Muhammad Azam Md Eusoff, who was acting as a magistrate, for seven days from yesterday to assist in the investigations.

Buruhan said the other worker involved in the case had been working with him for four years.

He also said the wife of one of the workers had contacted him and asked him to withdraw the case.

“But I did not file any report. They were the ones who confessed to making the false report, ” he said.

“It is for the police to decide based on their investigations.”

Buruhan said it was not the first time such an incident happened.

“About a decade ago, the same worker was robbed while sending RM74,000 to the bank.

“We lodged a police report and since then, we started sending two workers to the bank, ” he said.

“There was another incident a few years later with the same staff and another staff who managed to stop a robbery attempt by kicking the robbers on their motorcycle.”

Buruhan said he normally hired a security firm to send the week’s collections to the bank but on days the security personnel got delayed, the restaurant workers would be asked to bank in the money.

“I have learnt my lesson and, from now on, we will always have security, ” he said.

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