A GUNMAN tried to rob a moneychanger in a crowded shopping centre in Boon Lay one evening - and ended up losing S$50 (RM110.50) and his waist pouch instead.
The outlet’s woman employee spooked him when she screamed and he took off empty-handed, with the owner in hot pursuit, and leaving the money and pouch behind.
The incident happened about 5.20 pm on Tuesday. At that time, there were five customers and four staff members in the shop that owns the moneychanging outlet.
The robber handed over a $50 note and asked for Malaysian ringgit in exchange.
While the employee, Chan Pau Chu, 24, was counting out the money, the robber shoved the pouch under the glass panel and instructed her in whispered tones to hand over all the cash in the drawer.
Thinking he was aiming a gun at her, she screamed. She saw the muzzle of what looked like a gun, partly hidden by a handkerchief.
Her boss, Tan Lee Seng, 42, chased the man for two blocks in his rubber slippers but gave up after the robber threatened to shoot him.
He said later: “I did not know at that time that he had a gun with him; otherwise, I might not have dared to run after him.” – The Straits Times / Asia News Network