KL highway gold heist similar to one in Ipoh last year, say police

A screenshot from a video taken by the driver of a passing vehicle shows the armed robbers forcing one of the victims out of the car.

KUALA LUMPUR: Police are looking into the possibility that the gold heist at the Besraya Highway in Kuala Lumpur on Monday, and a similar brazen robbery in Ipoh in August last year had been committed by the same group.

Kuala Lumpur police chief Saiful Azly Kamaruddin said that police have been hard at work to ascertain the identities and determine the modus operandi of the perpetrators.

“The robbery which happened on Monday is still under investigation. There are some similarities between both cases, so KL police CID will be liaising with its counterpart in Perak on the details,” Saiful Azly said at a press conference today.

He added that it was important for the police to establish an effective plan to prevent similar incidents from happening again.

“Maybe we can run a special operation with the cooperation of jewellers and money changers to ensure incidents like these do not happen again,” he said.

Saiful Azly was then asked about the absence of security escorts when transporting the jewellery consignment in the incident.

“We always advise them to hire security personnel. However, the decision is left to them. Maybe they were used to moving around like this (without security escorts),” Saiful Azly said.

It was reported yesterday that a gold salesman and his friend faced some anxious moments when they were robbed by three men armed with machetes after being forced to stop their vehicle on the expressway.

The victims were on their way to distribute jewellery around Kuala Lumpur when their vehicle was blocked by two black Toyota Hilux before the three armed men wearing ski mask broke its window, dragged them out of the car, and sped off.

The two victims, aged 21 and 47, were left by the roadside. They were also injured by the shattered glass.

Police found the stolen vehicle razed in Damansara. Brickfields district police chief ACP Zairulnizam Mohd Zainuddin @ Hilmi said the case is being investigated under Section 395/397 for armed robbery.