SHAH ALAM — An assistant manager and a salesman were among 11 suspects arrested in connection with the two recent jewellery heists at the Wah Chan jewellery store in Giant Kota Damansara.
Selangor police chief Commissioner Datuk Mazlan Mansor said the 25-year-old salesman allegedly masterminded the robbery, and was also wanted for a cheating case in Senawang, Negri Sembilan last year.
“Both robberies were quick and organised becauseof the information fed to them.
“We managed to track down two suspects within 38 hours after the second robbery and seized a vehicle positively identified from the incident,” he said.
He said the duo’s arrest led police to nine other suspects, aged between 22 and 30, across the Klang Valley.
Police recovered items worth RM300,000 and seized a .38 Smith & Wesson revolver from the gang.
Sources familiar with the investigation revealed each suspect’s cut from the first robbery was at least RM60,000.
“Initial investigations also showed the salesman was present during the first robbery, but was on sick leave on the day the second incident occurred,” the source said, adding the salesman and the assistant manager had worked at the outlet for at least five years.
“They thought they could get fast money for Chinese New Year but now they have to spend time in jail.”
On Feb 8 three robbers grabbed eight trays of jewellery worth RM750,000 and on Nov 1 last year, two parang-weilding men made off with RM1.1 million in gold and jewellery, both from the same outlet.