Robbed three times in three weeks


Sad affair: Low visiting Chan at her home at the Taman Ria housing area in Bercham, Ipoh. Bercham, Ipoh.

IPOH: Within a span of 20 days, an elderly couple was robbed three times. Now they are living in terror and dreading when the next break-in will take place.

Retired teacher Chan Liew Chan, 71, was traumatised by the incidents and now awakens at the slightest of sounds at her home in Taman Ria, Bercham, here.

“I hope and pray that there won’t be a fourth time,” she said during a press conference at her house that was organised by Perak MCA public service and complaints bureau chief Low Guo Nan yesterday.

Chan lives with her 80-year-old husband, Tou Kum Hin, who suffered a stroke nine years ago.

The couple had personal documents, money and jewellery worth about RM26,000 stolen on May 2, May 11, and May 24.

“In the third incident, two men wearing masks kicked open the door of my bedroom, which is on the ground floor.

“One of them pointed a knife at me and told me to be quiet, while the other ransacked our home,” she said.

“I was pushed during the robbery and fractured my right knee.

“We lost various personal documents, including our MyKads, ATM cards, credit cards, a car key, mobile phones, laptop, handbags and a shaver,” she added.

In the first incident, Chan said “We were only aware that our house had been broken into and ransacked after we woke up.

“In the second incident, we believe the same burglars from the first one returned,” she said.

“My husband and I were terrified and dared not come out from our room after we heard noises.

“There was an attempt to break into our room but I pounded on the door and shouted, which scared them away,” she said.

Chan hopes the police will beef up patrols.

“There have been a few incidents in this area,” she said, adding that she believed burglars had targeted her house for some time.

Meanwhile, Low said that people need to be vigilant and not be overly reliant on the police.

“There are quite a number of senior citizens in this area and they are worried that they could be targeted next,” he said.

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