Singaporean robber and gang nabbed in Malaysia

JOHOR BARU - A Singaporean, believed to be the supremo of a group of parang-armed robbers, and his accomplices have been arrested by Johor police within 24 hours of preying on two of his countrymen.

Police said that in the first case, two men, including the supremo, broke into a house in Taman Setia Tropika at about 2.30am on July 31 armed with parang and threatened to harm the victim if he did not do as they demanded.

The suspects escaped with the victim's BMW, insurance documents, ATM cards, driving licence, handphones, two passports and RM500 (S$195).

Hours later, police received a report from a man in Taman Pelangi who was robbed by two parang-wielding men at about 6.45am.

The victim lost a laptop, identification documents, ATM cards, a Singaporean passport, a car and RM500 and $1,000.

State police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff said police conducted raids in Dato Onn, Larkin and Taman Setia Tropika at about 11pm that day and arrested the supremo and three suspects, aged between 23 and 53.