Three armed robbers shot dead in Gombak by cops
Sunday, 15 Sep 2019
By FARIK ZOLKEPLI
A team of police personnel was patrolling near Bandar Country Homes when they stumbled upon the three men, who were in a red Volkswagen Polo, at about 5am yesterday.
When they were instructed to pull over for inspection, the robbers instead sped off. They even tried to graze their car against the police patrol car in an effort to flee.
However, after 7km, police personnel managed to corner them near Batu Arang town.
“The police personnel fired six shots at the three men. The suspects were killed,” he told a press conference at the Gombak police district headquarters yesterday.
Two pistols, a machete, three ski masks and gloves were among the items seized from the suspects, he added.
“A check on the vehicle used by the suspects revealed that it was reported stolen in a house break-in in Rawang on Aug 5.
“The car belonged to the victim, who had alleged that police were late in responding to the 999 call reporting the house break-in,” he said.
In a recent Facebook post, the victim, Thivyah Veelurajan, said police did not arrive at her home in time after three masked men had broken in at 2.30am on Aug 5.
She said she had called the 999 emergency hotline for help and was told she should have called the Police “Bilik Gerakan” (Operations Room) instead.
The case is being looked into by the Selangor Integrity and Standard Compliance Department (JIPS).
Comm Noor Azam said police believed the three suspects were responsible for a string of house break-ins.
“We believe they were in the midst of searching for targets when we stumbled upon them.
“We are now trying to identify the suspects but we believe they might have been responsible for a high number of house break-ins,” he said.
In Selangor, 60 cases of house break-ins have been reported between May and September, Comm Noor Azam added.
“Some 80% of the cases were carried out between 3am and 6am.
“Their modus operandi would be to break into houses in a team of three or more, wearing ski masks and armed with weapons.
“They were highly dangerous,” he said. - Star, 14/9/2019