ATM thieves caught red-handed by police patrol

SHAH ALAM, Malaysia - Quick action from a police patrol team responding to a 999 call, resulted in the arrest of four would-be ATM robbers at a hypermarket in Kuala Selangor.

At 4am Friday, two suspects scaled the wall of the hypermarket while another two helped hoist up two oxy-acetylene gas tanks to the roof using bed sheets.

They later broke through the roof of the hypermarket and entered the premises through the engine room.

As the suspects were cutting through an ATM machine with blow torches, an employee alerted cops who arrived five minutes later.

"Their quick response enabled us to capture the suspects red handed and the other two accomplices who were keeping watch outside.

"This makes it the third attempted ATM heist in Kuala Selangor this year that have been foiled by officers," said Selangor police chief DCP Datuk Datuk Mohd Shukri Dahlan.

He said though there were security guards stationed at the hypermarket, they did not notice the suspects trying to break into the ATM.

Police confiscated the two oxy-tanks and blowtorches, ski masks, black spray paint and break-in tools.

The suspects, who are all locals and age 23-27, are being investigated under Section 453 of the Penal Code and face up to three-years jail upon conviction.