Cops quiz eight over jewellery heist on Besraya highway

KUALA LUMPUR: Police have recorded statements of eight individuals in connection with the robbery of RM3mil worth of jewellery and RM67,000 cash at the Sungai Besi Expressway (Besraya).

Brickfields OCPD Asst Comm Zairulnizam Mohd Zainuddin@Hilmi said one of those whose statement was recorded was the e-hailing driver who recorded the incident on Monday before spreading the footage on social media.

"We recorded the statements of all of them at 3.35pm on Tuesday.

"Two of the vehicles used in the heist were clone cars, he added.

On Monday, a group of masked men armed with parang ambushed a jewellery salesman in a Toyota Hilux along the Besraya Expressway in a daring afternoon heist.

The group also drove two Toyota Hilux and blocked the victim and his driver and dragged them out of the vehicle before speeding off.

ACP Zairulnizam had said the incident occurred at around 3.35pm on Monday.

"We received a report about the incident at about three hours later from a jewellery shop salesman who claimed he and his driver were attacked and robbed while they were driving from Kuchai Lama to Sungai Besi.

"He claimed that two black Toyota Hilux blocked their way and three armed masked men approached their pick up truck and smashed the windows before dragging them out of the vehicle," he had said in a statement on Tuesday.

He added that the suspects then sped off in all three vehicles including the victims truck together with an undisclosed sum of cash and jewellery.

"Both the salesman and driver suffered injuries from the broken windows.

"The estimated losses are being investigated and according to the complainant, all the suspects were big-sized and wore long sleeves and ski masks," he said, adding that investigations revealed the complainant had dealings with several gold shops in Kuala Lumpur.

ACP Zairulnizam said police found a burnt wreckage believed to be the victims' Toyota Hilux at the Damansara area, Petaling Jaya.

"We are tracking down the suspects involved in the case," he said, adding that police were also investigating if the case was linked to the security van heist in Rawang in July involving over RM2mil in losses.

In that case, armed robbers tailed the van before attacking it. They later torched the vehicle near a factory at Sungai Bakau.

Those with information on the case should contat the police at 03-2297 9222 or go to the nearest police station.

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