Return urn to grieving family, Malaysian petrol station robbers urged

JOHOR BARU - Police are urging four robbers who stole an urn filled with ashes to return it immediately to the grieving family.

Johor Baru (South) OCPD Asst Comm Zainuddin Yaacob said if the robbers had a conscience, they should return the stolen item.

He said there was no point for the suspects to keep or sell the urn because it had no value to them or anyone else except the grieving family.

"The family has already suffered a loss and what the robbers did is inhumane.

"We will do all we can to help the family and find the stolen urn as soon as possible so that the deceased can rest in peace,'' ACP Zainuddin said.

He said the case was being investigated under Section 395/397 of the Penal Code for armed and gang robbery.

Those with information can contact the state police hotline at 07-221 2999 or the nearest police station.

It was reported that the urn contained the ashes of 22-year-old Yiu Boon Sin, who was burnt to death in a car crash along the North-South Expressway near Tangkak on July 14.

It was stolen at a petrol station in Taman Suria here at 5am on Wednesday. Four robbers armed with a machete and hammer snatched it from family members who were on their way to Senai Airport to return to Sabah for the burial.

The deceased's father had also appealed to the robbers to return the urn.