The suspects arrested in connection with the RM3 million jewellery heist on Thursday are part of an armed robbery gang behind 10 robberies of goldsmith shops.
Police arrested seven men, aged 17 to 45, in connection with the robbery at Wah Chan Gold & Jewellery store in Aeon Big shopping complex, Bandar Tun Hussein Onn, Cheras.
The arrests were made during a raid on a house in Kampung Lalang, Dengkil, just hours after the robbery. The terrace house is believed to be the home of one of the suspects.
According to Selangor Police Chief Commissioner Datuk Mazlan Mansor, the suspects were members of a gang responsible for robbing eight other goldsmith shops in Selangor between 2015 and 2017.
He said that their total haul for the eight shops was around RM15 million.
“They were also behind the robbery of two Kuala Lumpur-based goldsmith shops in 2016,” Mazlan said at a press conference yesterday.
He revealed that during the raid on the house, police found four sledgehammers and a heavy-barrel three-inch revolver, as well as the RM3 million loot from the Wah Chan heist.
Police also seized seven vehicles, face masks, helmets, gloves and mobile phones.
Mazlan added that no one was hurt in any of the robberies but warning shots were fired in Thursday’s incident.
He said some members of the gang are still at large and the police are looking for them.
The seven suspects were remanded for seven days until next Thursday.
The case is being investigated under Section 395/397 of the Penal Code and Section 3 of the Firearms Act 1971 and if found guilty, the suspects could face the death sentence.
Earlier report: Jul 28, Robbers Nabbed Three Hours After RM3M Jewellery Heist