PETALING JAYA: Calling themselves “Banker Suria”, six members of a notorious gang have been terrorising bank customers making large withdrawals in the Sungai Buloh area.
Their crime spree finally came to an end when police arrested them in a series of raids since Feb 4.
Sungai Buloh OCPD Supt Shafa’aton Abu Bakar said the suspects comprised five indonesians, including a woman and a Malaysian, aged between 34 and 54.
“They were caught in a series of raids in Batu Caves, Kampung Sungai Chincin, Kampung Sungai Choh and a petrol station in Batu 5, Jalan Gombak.
“Initial investigations showed the gang leader is a 54-year-old Indonesian who has permanent resident status, ” she told a press conference yesterday.
Police believe the gang is responsible for a series of robberies, including a Jan 8 incident in which a 41-year-old woman lost RM69,700.
“The victim was tailed by the suspects after she had withdrawn the sum from a bank in Bandar Baru Sungai Buloh.
“The gang members intercepted and blocked her car in front of a factory in Section U5, Shah Alam, before smashing the front passenger’s window.
“The victim tried to fight back by biting the hand of one of the suspects but his accomplices threatened her with a parang before escaping with the loot, ” she said.
Supt Shafa’aton said investigations also showed one of the gang members would pretend to be a bank customer and observe those who withdraw a lot of money.
“We believe the gang has been active since 2015. Last year, they resumed their crime spree, ” she said, adding that with the arrests, at least four robbery cases involving RM154,700 in losses were solved.
Supt Shafa’aton added that during the raids, mobile phones, three vehicles, parang and other items were seized from the suspects. Police have obtained a remand order to detain the suspects until Feb 17.