September 2, 2008

Cops Foil Bid to Cart Away RM700,000 Steel Coil

KULAI: Swift action by the police prevented a gang of armed robbers from getting away with stainless steel coils worth about RM700,000 that they carted away from a factory in Senai on Thursday.

Nine masked robbers armed with machetes broke into a factory at 1am and drove away two lorries after they had bound the factory's sole security guard.

"The robbers then broke into another factory next door.

"After tying up the workers, the robbers used a forklift to load eight coils of stainless steel weighing three tonnes each onto the lorries.

"They also took cash, handphones, watches and a Perodua Myvi from the workers," said Johor CID chief SAC II Amer Awal yesterday.

One of the workers managed to free himself about 3.30am and notified the Kulaijaya police station, which in turn informed the state police headquarters.

"At 3.10 am, one of our patrol units found a lorry abandoned in Kulai with a burst tyre.

"When they were informed of the robbery, the policemen realised that the lorry was one of the two hijacked by the robbers."

He said the second lorry was found abandoned along the North- South Expressway in Pagoh near Muar about 5.30am.

Police recovered all the stolen steel coils from the two lorries.

"We believe that when the first lorry was found, the driver informed his cohort in the second lorry and told him to abandon the vehicle."

Amer said that fingerprints were recovered on the two lorries which would help to identify the robbers.

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