Malaysia police bust gang targeting ATMs

Malaysia police bust gang targeting ATMs
SAC Mohd Adnan (centre) flanked by officers with items seized from the group during the press conference at the state police headquarters.

SHAH ALAM - A gang of robbers that targeted automated teller machines (ATMs) pushed their luck too far and were caught by the police.

The five robbers carted off an ATM, containing nearly RM159,000 (S$59,654), from a petrol station in Bukit Kemuning here at about 5.10am on Dec 27.

Police tracked the men down and arrested them in two raids a few days after the robbery.

The gang had previously made unsuccessful attempts on the ATM at two petrol stations in Bukit Jelutong earlier last month, according to the police.

In the most recent robbery, the gang used a lorry to ram into the petrol station building and drag away the ATM inside.

Selangor CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Mohd Adnan Abdullah said the gang was persistent and its third attempt at hauling away a cash machine paid off after the two failures.

"But their luck ran out because we managed to catch all the gang members during raids on Dec 29 and Dec 30.

"They were picked up during the raids in Subang Permai, Taman Puncak Perdana in Bukit Jelutong and Bandar Kinrara," he told a press conference yesterday.

Police recovered RM27,560 of the stolen cash while a van, car and 4WD vehicle were seized during the operations.

A grinder and other tools believed to have been used to break into the ATM were also recovered.

"Three of the men detained had police records for robbery and vehicle theft," said SAC Mohd Adnan.

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