Shop owner conned by fake Customs officer in Senadin

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Brad Rantayy

MIRI, Sept 22: A 23-year-old man was apprehended by the police for impersonating a Customs officer and extorting RM1,500 from a grocery shop owner.

The incident was reportedly occurred in Senadin, Kuala Baram on September 12 around 7.15pm.

Miri police chief ACP Lim Meng Seah confirmed the arrest.

“The suspect was detained on Friday (September 20) around 8.51pm by a team of Miri Criminal Investigation department (CID) for his involvement in the case,” said Lim.

The suspect was picked up in Permyjaya.

Lim added, the offence is being investigated under Section 384 for extortion and Sectiom 170 for impersonating as a public servant.

“The suspect has been remanded for six days to facilitate police investigation on the case until September 27,” he said.

On September 12 (Thursday), around 7.15pm, the suspect had entered the grocery shop, wearing a vest with wording “SAG”, resembling those worn by uniformed law enforcement officers.

He instructed the victim to close the shop as Customs enforcement teams to allow a check on the shop.

“The suspect demanded cash amounting RM1,500 from the 38 year-old shop-owner to evade the spot check,” Lim added.

Worried, the shop owner handed the suspect RM1,500.

Eventually realised that he had been duped, the shop owner lodged a report. — DayakDaily