Police: Man claiming RM500k suitcase yet to come forward


PETALING JAYA: The mystery owner of the suitcase filled with RM500,000 in cash has yet to show up, but police have managed to obtain various fingerprint samples.

Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Shahrulnizam Ja’afar said the fingerprint samples would be analysed before any identification can be made.

“We have received a report from a director of a company claiming the suitcase belonged to the company, but he has yet to come forward and provide proof.

“He gave various excuses for not meeting the police, including being outstation and having to attend meetings,” he told a press conference at the Petaling Jaya police headquarters yesterday.

If the director or others fail to come forward and provide proof, ACP Shahrulnizam said the police inquiry paper on the case will be handed over to the deputy public prosecutor (DPP).

“If no one comes forward, we will wait for the DPP’s decision on the matter,” he said.

It was reported earlier that a company claimed the RM500,000 in a suitcase left at a shopping mall recently and had lodged a police report in Shah Alam over the matter.

Selangor police chief Comm Datuk Hussein Omar Khan had said police already summoned the company director, in his 40s, but he failed to show up at the Damansara police station.

“He is required to go to the police station to provide proof of ownership and to give his statement for the investigation.

“However, the director did not show up at the police station, citing various reasons such as having meetings and illness,” he said.

Comm Hussein said so far, police have not managed to determine to whom the money belongs.

“We hope the company director will give his cooperation as soon as possible,” he said.

The duration of the investigation depends on the proof submitted by the company, Comm Hussein said.

“We will not rush it and will conduct a thorough investigation,” he added.

On March 20, a suitcase containing over RM500,000 cash in RM10, RM50 and RM100 denominations was found at a shopping mall in Damansara and handed over to the police.

On a different matter, 4,017 online scam cases were recorded in Damansara last year, resulting in RM111mil in losses.

ACP Shahrulnizam said as of March this year, 1,211 online scam cases were recorded.

“The losses are about RM13.1mil,” he added.

Between January last year and March this year, a total of 754 suspects have been detained, he said.

“The suspects consist of 544 men and 210 women.

“So far, a total of 406 suspects have been charged for online scams since last year,” he said.

ACP Shahrulnizam said scammers have used various methods including duping victims through job, investment and loan scams.

“We remind the people in PJ to be wary of tactics used by scammers. Stay vigilant and don’t be easily fooled by online scam tactics,” he said.

He also advised the public to contact the police should they have information on criminal activities, especially scams.

“Always refer to legitimate sources and authorities for queries pertaining to scams.

“If an investment offer is too good to be true, then most probably it is a scam,” he added.

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