JOHOR BARU - Dozens of lunch hour shoppers watched in horror as five men smashed the display cabinets of a jewellery outlet in a hypermarket here and made off with RM300,000 (S$28,605) worth of goods.
The robbers, who were wearing full-faced helmets and armed with parang, took five minutes to carry out the 1pm heist in Tampoi.
No one was injured although there were at least four customers in the shop, which did not have a security guard.
Johor Baru North OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Khamsani Abdul Rahman said the police had since recovered the four motorcycles used by the robbers, which were abandoned 2km from the scene.
"All the motorcycles were reported stolen," he said, adding that the police were tracking down the robbers. He urged those with information to contact the police hotline at 07-221 2999.
In Kluang, the police arrested two men in connection with the robbery of two Chinese nationals at a hotel room earlier this month.
OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Roze Shaari said they were still looking for two other men in their 30s to help with the investigation.
Police believed that three men were involved in the 1.30am incident on Aug 10, which saw the Chinese nationals being robbed of a total of RM70,000 in cash and valuables.
The suspects, who were armed with parang, tied the victims up before escaping.
ACP Mohd Roze said the police also arrested a 42-year-old man over a string of robberies and snatch thefts in the vicinity of banks.
"We recovered a stolen motorcycle from the suspect," he said, adding that the man was believed to be involved in at least eight cases with losses totalling RM15,000.