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Two men who robbed shop tracked by ‘policemen’ in Malaysia who blackmailed them

Suspected robber reports fake officers and all three get arrested

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 26 October, 2017, 3:03pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 26 October, 2017, 3:07pm

By Jo Timbuong

Two men who allegedly robbed a shop in Malaysia a month ago were tracked down by two policemen who then proceeded to blackmail them. The only thing is: the “policemen” were impostors.

One of the suspected robbers lodged a report against the fake cops and all three ended up being arrested. The real police are now looking for the other robbery suspect.

On September 7, the two men allegedly broke into a gadget shop here armed with a meat cleaver and stole two mobile phones and RM632 (US$149) in cash.

The sales attendant on duty that day could not see their faces as they were wearing full-face helmets but she took note of their clothes and build.

She mentioned it in conversation with her 32-year-old adopted brother, who felt he knew the suspects from the description.

On October 16, he and a 25-year-old accomplice met up with one of the robbery suspects and they tried to blackmail him into buying their silence. They demanded that the man pay them RM500 (US$118).

It is learned that the robbery suspect told the impostors he was going to try and get the cash but instead lodged a police report.

Police then tracked down and held the two impostors. The alleged robber was then asked to go to the police station to identify the blackmailers.

But the tables were turned when the impostors spilled the beans on the robbery suspect. All three were arrested by the police.

Kajang OCPD Asst Comm Ahmad Dzaffir Mohd Yusoff said the two blackmailers could have pulled the same trick before as a pair of handcuffs was found in their possession.

“They claimed the handcuffs were taken from a former client at a motorcycle workshop in Kajang where one of them worked as a mechanic,” he said.

The impostors have been remanded until Friday.

The other man is expected to be charged with robbery.

Police are now looking for 19-year-old V. Praseelan

In a separate case, two men aged 27 and 38 also tried to pass themselves off as policemen as they entered a housing area in Taman Cheras Perdana 7 on October 21, claiming to look for an acquaintance.

“The security guard called the police,” ACP Ahmad Dzaffir said, adding that the duo could be involved in other robbery cases in Kajang.

The impostors were arrested and charged with impersonating a public servant. They were fined RM2,800 (US$661).

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