KUALA LUMPUR - A store manager's obsession with online gambling landed her in huge debts, forcing her to stage a robbery at the convenience store she worked in.
The manager and her boyfriend, both 26, were among three suspects arrested over the crime at Scott Garden, Jalan Klang Lama.
The arrests were made at three separate locations several hours after the suspect's boyfriend made off with RM30,000 (S$11,600) and a closed-circuit television camera decoder, said city police criminal investigation department chief Senior Asst Comm Gan Kong Meng.
"The store manager played victim but things just did not add up," he said.
"She claimed that a man wearing a helmet, mask and a pair of gloves had entered the premises with a knife before dragging a cashier to the storeroom in which she was counting the days' sales for March 18, 19 and 20," SACP Gan said.
"According to her, the door was locked but she had to open it for fear of her colleague's safety.
"She added that they - herself and the cashier - were locked in the toilet for 10 minutes before freeing themselves after the suspect fled with the cash, her mobile phone and the store's CCTV decoder," he said.
The truth was uncovered following the arrest of the boyfriend, a former civil servant, who worked as a bouncer at a pub in the city.
"He led us back to the manager and she was finally picked up in Jalan Jati," said SACP Gan.
"Investigations revealed that the couple owed a lot of money to unlicensed money lenders for their involvement in online gambling.
"We then busted a flat in Jalan Desa Bahagia, Taman Desa, where we arrested a 23-year-old man, their accomplice," he said.
"A total of RM6,000 was also recovered in the unit. The stash was hidden in a toilet pump compartment," he added.
All three are being remanded until today. The case is being investigated under Section 392 of the Penal Code for robbery.
In an unrelated case, police also busted a syndicate that had been active in stealing electrical cables following the arrests of two locals, including a civil servant, and nine illegal immigrants.