Trio held over RM1mil heist

KUALA LUMPUR: Three men have been detained in connection with a RM1.6mil robbery. The victim, who works at a company which converts bitcoin into cash, was robbed at the parking lot of a shopping mall in Kepong on Oct 8.

Kuala Lumpur police chief Comm Datuk Saiful Azly Kamaruddin said the victim was delivering the money for a client.

“The suspects punched the victim in the stomach before fleeing in a car, ” he told a press conference at the Sentul police headquarters yesterday.

Police managed to track down the suspects eight days later.

“We detained three men, aged between 31 and 42, and seized RM1.03mil in cash, a few gold bars and jewellery, ” he said.

The suspects had used some of the money to buy a car, said Comm Saiful.

“The suspects tailed the victim five days prior to the heist. The suspects, who have no criminal record, have been remanded until Oct 22, ” he said.

Comm Saiful advised companies dealing with large amounts of cash to employ a security company.

“If you have to use runners or dispatchers, make sure different routes are used to avoid being tailed, ” he added.

In an unrelated case, a 36-year-old Nigerian was murdered in a love triangle involving a Malaysian woman.

The victim was found dead at a condominium unit in Jalan Kuching here on Sept 23.

Comm Saiful said there were wounds on the victim’s neck, face and arms.

Two weeks after his death, police arrested the main suspect, also a Nigerian, in front of the Nigerian High Commission.

“The 34-year-old suspect was the victim’s housemate. He was attempting to seek protection from the high commission, ” he said.

Another Nigerian man and a Malaysian woman were also detained to aid in the investigation.

“We believe the motive is a misunderstanding involving the Malaysian woman and that the suspect and victim were interested in her, ” he said.

The main suspect, he added, was charged on Oct 13 while the two others were released on witness bonds.

Comm Saiful thanked the high commission for its assistance in catching the suspect.

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