IPOH – Three foreigners, high on the police ‘wanted list’ for a spate of robberies, were travelling in a car to commit a robbery yesterday today, in Sungai Siput, about 50km away.
The trio, believed to be Indonesians, missed their ‘appointment’. They were intercepted by policemen in a car, who challenged them to stop.
Perak police deputy chief Datuk A Paramasivam said the foreigners who were undeterred by the order, rammed into the police vehicle before a shootout ensued, leaving the robbers gunned down in Jalan Lasah, Sungai Siput.
He said the criminals were caught in an operation mounted by the Perak Special Investigation Division in the area at 4.45am.
“The police saw a car moving suspiciously and ordered it to stop. However, the foreigners crashed their vehicle against the police car and a shootout ensued.
“The trio did not have identification documents and were believed to have been on the way to carry out a robbery in Sungai Siput.
“We believe they had been active (committing armed robberies) in Ipoh, Batu Gajah, Sungai Siput, Taiping and Kuala Kangsar.
“(In ending their reign of crime), we believe we have solved 17 armed robberies,” he told a news conference at Perak police contingent headquarters here.
Paramasivam said the police seized a Walther automatic pistol, four machetes, two axes, three masks and five pairs of gloves from the trio’s car which was reported missing in Bukit Puchong, Selangor on Aug 20, last year.
He said the robbers, aged between 30 and 40, had been active since last July.
Meanwhile in another case, the police detained four men believed to be foreigners in a raid at Taman Kanthan Baru, Chemor in connection with a spate of robberies.
Paramasivam said, from the suspects, the police seized several documents, wallets and laptops which were part of a loot taken during a robbery on Jan 5.
“The suspects, aged between 21 and 35, have been remanded until Jan 21 to facilitate investigations,” he said. – Bernama