MELAKA: Four members of a gang from Kuala Lumpur, who purportedly used a letter issued by the International Trade and Industry Ministry (Miti) to enter Melaka to commit robbery during the lockdown, have been detained.
Melaka police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Abdul Majid Mohd Ali said his men detained all four, aged between 34 and 37, a few days ago after they staged an armed robbery at a condominium in Klebang here on June 4.
“During the robbery, the four tied up a 54-year-old businessman and his 42-year-old wife.
“The couple’s two children aged eight and nine were also inside the home during the robbery but none were injured, ” he said yesterday.
He said during the 8.30pm robbery, the four escaped with the victims’ belongings worth RM1.2mil, including a sport utility vehicle and a Range Rover.
DCP Abdul said Melaka police started tracking the suspects soon after a police report was lodged by the businessman on June 5.
He said the team managed to arrest the four at a home in Bandar Baru Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur, at 3.45pm on June 7, and it was found that all four have criminal records.
He said the suspects were under remand for investigation under Section 395 and 379A of the Penal Code for armed robbery and vehicle theft.
DCP Abdul Majid said police had also managed to recover the stolen items, including the two stolen vehicles.
“We are investigating how the suspects used the Miti letter to pass through the roadblocks, ” he added.