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An alert security guard not only foiled an attempted theft of an automated teller machine by five men at the University Kebangsaan Malaysia on Wednesday but also led to the arrest of two suspects.
The security guard was on his regular patrol at about 7.40pm when he spotted two men loitering near a bank which has a branch inside the university grounds.
“The guard approached the two men and asked them what were they doing there. One of the men told the guard that they were technicians and had received a report that an ATM machine had malfunctioned.
“However, the alert guard noticed a burnt smell emanating from where the ATM was located and queried the suspects further. Both suspects fled from the scene without saying a word,” said Selangor CID chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Adnan Abdullah.
Sensing something amiss, the guard decided to check on the bank and minutes later saw the two earlier suspects returning to the scene.
The guard confronted them and a struggle ensued. The guard managed to pin down one of the suspects while the accomplice fled.
To the guard’s amazement, three men suddenly ran out from the bank and fled on two motorcycles. The guard radioed for assistance and his colleagues pursued the three suspects.
After a short chase, the guards managed to nab another suspect at a nearby petrol station in Kajang.
Police were called to the scene and took the two suspects into custody. One of them, 23, is believed to be a mechanic and has a previous conviction while the other, 26, worked as a security guard.
Adnan said police found an oxy-acetylene torch, a lock, a pair of gloves and a file at the scene. It is believed that the group is responsible for other ATM thefts in the Kajang area.