KUALA LUMPUR: Four alert policemen on patrol arrested two men and seized firearms on Sunday, and possibly foiling a jewellery shop robbery.
The arrests also led police to the main suspect believed to be the planner of the heist.
City police chief Datuk Azmi Abu Kassim said four policemen were patrolling Jalan Menjalara in Kepong on Sunday when they spotted a Proton Wira at 8.45pm.
Suspecting something amiss, the cops decided to inspect the sedan, which had two men inside.
Police found in the glove compartment a semi-automatic pistol with four 9mm bullets, and a Diamond Special Gold Horse revolver with six .38 calibre bullets.
“Police also recovered eight .38 bullets from one of the suspect’s pockets, and 10 9mm bullets from the other suspect,” he said in a press conference today.
Azmi said police believe the men, aged 42 and 43, were planning to rob a jewellery shop in the vicinity just before they were busted.
Azmi said the suspects, after being interrogated, led police early this morning to a residence in Jalan Klang Lama, occupied by the suspected mastermind.
The 47-year-old man has a criminal record, including three prior offences under the Firearms (Increased Penalties) Act 1971.
“In the follow-up operation at 1.15am today, police from the Sentul district police headquarters arrested the mastermind and recovered RM129,300 cash and 39 packets of gold ornaments worth RM175,000,” he said.
Azmi said the first two suspects had been remanded until Sept 11 for investigations under Section 7 of the Firearms (Increased Penalties) Act 1971 and Section 8(a) of the Firearm Act 1960.
He added that a remand application for the mastermind would be made today.
Azmi urged those with information on arms smuggling or illegal possession to report the matter to the Kuala Lumpur police hotline at 03-21159999.-NST