Robbers make off with $118,000 from trader's home

Robbers make off with $118,000 from trader's home

KOTA KINABALU - Four men got away with over RM300,000 (S$118,000) in cash after they overpowered a security guard sleeping at the house of a prominent Sabah businessman in Luyang here.

During the 2.10am incident yesterday, three men sneaked up on the 44-year-old security guard who had fallen asleep while on duty at the "Labuan House" of Datuk Joseph Ambrose Lee and covered his face with a cloth.

After tying him up, they brought the guard to a room outside the house where a Filipino maid was sleeping and overpowered her as well before breaking into the home through a window.

Inside the house, they forced open a safe containing cash, including US$10,000 (RM31,000) and S$120,000 (RM300,000), three watches and personal documents such as passports.

Kota Kinabalu city police chief Assist Comm Jauteh Dikun said the men then fled in a car driven by a fourth accomplice.

The security guard, he said, managed to run to his wife living behind the house and got her to free him before alerting the police.

The police, he said, believed that the robbers were armed with knuckle dusters.

"We managed to lift five fingerprints within the house," said Jauteh, adding that the houseowners were not at home during the incident.

The house alarm system was also disabled during the robbery, he said.

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