Saturday, June 22, 2013

Cops to step up checks on m-cyclists

Police have stepped up checks on motorcyclists following the spate of robbery cases involving motorcycles here over the past week.

Johor Baru Selatan police chief Assistant Commissioner Zainuddin Yaacob said police nabbed three suspects who used motorcycles in two separate robberies.

In the first case on June 18, a 53-year-old businessman was inside his car at a petrol station in Jalan Sri Purnama, Majidee, here, when two men riding a Honda Wave knocked on his car window about 1am.

The men identified themselves as policemen. When the victim opened the door of his car, one of the suspects placed a knife against his neck and ordered him to hand over his cash and belongings.

The victim, who suffered cuts, handed over RM1,400 to the robbers.

At this juncture, a police patrol team came by. Upon spotting the police, the duo panicked and fled.

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"The police gave chase and one of the suspects, 30, was caught. A folding knife was found on him.

"The case is being investigated for voluntarily causing hurt while committing robbery and the suspect has been remanded until tomorrow."

In another case, a 59-year-old housewife was inside her car parked outside her house in Taman Melodies here when two men on a motorcycle arrived.

The men broke her car window and snatched her handbag, which contained RM1,200 and bank documents.

Witnesses to the incident gave chase and managed to stop one of the suspects while his accomplice got away.

A police team from the central police station and Johor Baru Selatan police station later nabbed the other suspect at a shopping complex in Jalan Dato' Sulaiman here.

Police seized a hammer and a screw driver as well as the victim's belongings and cash.

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