KL cops end 'chameleon' robber's crime spree

KUALA LUMPUR: Police have arrested a robber who pulled off a crime spree by impersonating others, such as pretending to be a money collector.

Sungai Buloh district police chief, Supt Shafa'aton Abu Bakar, said that the 32-year-old suspect, who is allegedly involved in losses amounting to RM94,175 in several locations around the Klang Valley, was finally arrested at Jalan Ke 3/2 Kota Emerald, Rawang at 12.30pm on Aug 11.

"Police made the arrest following a report regarding a robbery, with the suspect posing as a telecommunications technical worker at a kiosk, causing a loss of RM6,766 on Jan 18.

"In the incident, the suspect threatened the victim to hand over money at the payment counter by pulling out a knife from his pocket," she said at a press conference here on Thursday (Aug 18).

She said that further investigations revealed that the suspect had been involved in 40 criminal and commercial cases; three in Wangsa Maju, eight in Sungai Buloh, 13 in Kuala Selangor and several other locations.

"The modus operandi of the suspect was to target pharmacies, clinics and shops that use cash registers, where he pretends to be a company or bank representative to collect sales proceeds and pretends to contact the manager of the shop," she said.

Shafa'aton said that the suspect started his wave of crime in June last year and would strike between 5pm and 7pm.

She said the man had seven previous cases, one under Section 380 of the Penal Code and six under Section 420 of the same law, including one of being on the wanted list.

She added that the suspect is still under remand to assist in investigations involving several other cases. – Bernama

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