Robbers flee with gold worth $196,000

Nilai - Four robbers barged into a jewellery shop in Mantin here and fled with RM500,000 (S$196,000) worth of gold yesterday noon.

In the 12.40pm incident, the four, armed with pistols and wearing full-faced helmets and dark clothing, entered the main entrance of the shop, located about 200m from the Mantin police station.

Shop owner Lee Yun, in his 60s, said at that time he and three of his employees were inside the shop.

"One of the suspects fired a warning shot the moment they came into the shop while the other three started smashing the display showcase with sledge hammers.

"Within minutes, they emptied seven trays of jewellery into a bag. "I was in my office behind the showcase counter and immediately rushed out when I heard a commotion. I took out a pump gun I kept under my table and fired a shot at them but missed.

"I could not stop them in time as it happened within minutes," he said.

Lee said one of his employees suffered a cut on the forehead from flying glass shards from the broken glass display.

He said the robbers rushed to the back of the shop with the loot.

"Luckily there were no customers inside the shop at that time and my staff were not harmed," said Lee.

Nilai police chief Superintendent Mohd Yusoff Awang said it was believed that the pistols used by the robbers were fake.

"We found a toy gun not far from the shop which we believe was dropped by one of the robbers while making their escape. We are also monitoring recordings from the closed-circuit-television cameras for more clues on the case," he said.