Suspects rob parents of valuables and mobile phones in 10-minute heist

Suspects rob parents of valuables and mobile phones in 10-minute heist

JOHOR BARU - Several men, on the pretext of being guardians picking up their children from school, held up parents at knife-point before robbing them of their valuables and mobile phones inside the school compound.

The incident happened at about 1.50pm on Saturday as some of the parents were waiting at the school hall for their children to finish their hour-long music class at SJKT Mount Austin in Taman Desa Tebrau.

Housewife S. Sivakami, 42, (pic) said she was reading a book at the school hall when at least three men, in their 20s and 30s, walked up to them.

"I thought they were asking for directions but I got a shock when I saw them carrying parang. One of the parents was also hit in the back.

"The suspects then asked all the parents to hand over their jewellery and mobile phones," she said, adding that one of the suspects managed to catch hold of one of the school guards who had gone to the toilet.

Sivakami said the suspects forced everyone to lie face down on the floor, adding that a woman guard was assaulted when she was unable to kneel on the ground.

"It was a frightening experience and I was worried for the safety of my daughter K. Tharani, who was studying upstairs with about 20 other students," she said, adding that the suspects took her mobile phone and chain worth about RM2,000 (S$768).

Sivakami said that once the suspects had relieved them of their valuables, one of them decided to head to the classroom but then changed his mind and came back.

"The suspects then herded us into a corner before they left. The whole incident took place within 10 minutes," she said.

Johor Baru South OCPD Asst Comm Sulaiman Salleh said three police reports were lodged so far.

Johor executive councillor for education Md Jais Sarday expressed shock over the incident and urged all schools in the state to beef up security.

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