GEORGE TOWN - They came, they robbed and much to the surprise of the pleading victim, returned most of the money.
But there was no escape for the two men, aged 23 and 31. Alert witnesses confronted them and handed them over to the cops.
The robbers stormed into the room of Indonesian labourer Herman Sugiono at a house in Lorong Kulit here at 9.30pm Monday.
Claiming to be policemen, they demanded to check his passport.
They then snatched RM163 (S$65) from Herman's bag. But when the Indonesian begged them to return his money, they relented and returned RM113 to him.
But as they fled with the RM50, several local residents who had seen them enter the room blocked their escape and handed them over to the police.
George Town OCPD Asst Comm Gan Kong Meng said one of the men had a previous record for a drug-related offence.
Police recovered a membership card purportedly issued by the Malaysian Oganisation of Crime Prevention Volunteer Squad (Rejam), eight Rejam Squad vehicle stickers, a RM50 note and a Civil Defence Department appointment card from both the men.
In another case, the body of a Nepalese man who had been swept away by strong currents while swimming with his friends in Tanjung Tokong on Monday was found stuck between huge rocks at a beach nearby.
Indra Bahadur, 25, who had been working at the Mount Erskine market, had gone swimming with four of his friends when the incident happened. His body was sent to the Penang Hospital for a post-mortem.