Sibu police arrest suspect, hunting for second man involved in robbery spree

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SIBU, Sept 29: Police here have arrested a jobless man suspected of being responsible for a robbing spree involving three separate sundry shops. Another suspect however is still at large.

Sibu district police chief ACP Stanley Jonathan Ringgit revealed the arrest was made after the third robbery victim lodged a police report.

A cashier of a sundry shop at Jalan Tong Sang in her police report disclosed she was alone in the shop at about 3.15pm on Sept 24 when two men showed up.

One of them was armed with a knife and forced the cashier, 28, to surrender all of the money.

“She took out RM950 from the drawer and gave it to him in fear of her safety. The other suspect snatched away the company’s handphone,” Stanley added.


Total loss from this incident was estimated at RM2,000.

At about 1.40pm today at Jalan Bukit Aup, a police team on beat duty saw a man acting suspiciously.

“When the suspect saw the police, he tried to run away. However the policemen managed to arrest him after he put up an intense struggle. In the process, he sustained light injuries to his face, at the back of his body and left leg,” Stanley added.

The suspect, 28, from Kanowit was later sent to a hospital to get his injuries treated under the supervision of the police.

Stanley also revealed the suspect had admitted to the crime including robbing two other sundry shops — one at Jalan Lanang on Sept 19. and the other at Jalan Belatok on Sept 22.

“In the earlier two cases, the victims did not file a police report,” he added.

The police are now hunting for the second suspect.

The cases are being investigated under Section 395 of the Penal Code for gang robbery and Section 397 of the same Code for armed robbery. — DayakDaily