Cops nab 7 over budget hotel robberies

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KUALA LUMPUR - Police have arrested seven men and busted a syndicate involved in at least 10 robberies at budget hotels.

The suspects were detained at two separate locations over the weekend after a month long surveillance.

Dang Wangi deputy police chief Supt Habibi Majinji said the first three suspects were detained at a budget hotel in Sungai Besi at about 3am on Saturday.

"That led us to the arrests of the others the following day. The four were picked up at a condominium in Kampung Laksamana, Batu Caves, also at about 3am," he said.

Police seized two Perodua MyVi, nine parang, a police jacket, five laptops, two handphones, two cameras, a safe and a vest that with the word "security" on it.

Supt Habibi said the syndicate targets budget hotels.

"They pose as customers and enquire about the rates.

"When they're certain that it's safe to strike, one of them will whip out a parang while the others will snatch the cash from the counter.

"The others will also take the CCTV footage and throw it away so authorities aren't able to identify them," he said.

He added that the case was being investigated for gang robbery and that the seven suspect are being remanded until Friday.

"We will also look into the impersonation of a police officer since there was a police jacket in their possession," he said, adding that the suspects were tested positive for drugs.

The syndicate, which has been active since June last year, would also carry out roadside robberies.

Checks by police found that five of the suspects had past records involving robbery.

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