Malaysian cops nab duo for posing as policemen to rob foreign workers

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JOHOR BARU - Police have arrested a taxi driver and an unemployed man for posing as policemen to rob and extort mostly foreign victims here.

Seri Alam OCPD Supt Norazam Shaari said the suspects were arrested between 8pm and 11.45pm on Monday (Feb 4).

"Following a tip-off, police arrested the first suspect at a petrol station along the Johor Baru-Kota Tinggi highway.

"The suspect then told us about his partner and we nabbed the second suspect at an apartment in Majidee Baru here," he said.

He also said that initial investigations showed that the suspects have a criminal record covering 41 offences between them, with one of them also wanted for a drug offence.

"The suspects posed as policemen as they robbed and extorted valuables from foreign workers around Ulu Tiram and Desa Cemerlang, besides breaking into cars around here," he told The Star on Wednesday (Feb 6).

Supt Norazam added that both suspects have been remanded until Feb 10 to assist with investigations.

He said the case has been classified under Sections 394, 170, 380 and 353 of the Penal Code, Section 32(2) of the Firearms Act 1960, and Section 6 of the Corrosive, Explosive and Dangerous Weapons Act 1969.