Man pretends to be lost, robs elderly Miri couple of RM1,200

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By Brad Rantayy

MIRI, Dec 2: An elderly couple fell victim to robbery after they were approached by a man pretending to be lost and seeking directions on Sunday (Dec 1) morning.

The suspect fled the scene with cash amounting to RM1,200, including Brunei currency (200 Brunei Dollars).

Both victims in their 70’s were unharmed.

The incident occurred in front of the couple’s house at Pujut 2C here around 9am.

Prior to the incident, the victims were about to go out in a car to the market.

The wife was shutting the gate when the suspect approached her, while her husband sat in the car.

It was believed, that the suspect, distracted the victims, by asking for a location of a house where his wife is allegedly working.

The suspect told them that he wanted to bring some food that he had prepared earlier that day to his wife.

He had showed a photo of the purported house in his handphone as proof that his wife was working in the house as he claimed.

When the couple was distracted, the suspect grabbed the wife’s handbag and fled on a motorcycle.

Miri police chief ACP Lim Meng Seah when contacted today, confirmed the case.

The case is being investigated under Section 392 of the Penal Code for robbery. — DayakDaily