BUSTED: Indonesian robbery gang relied on guru's oil, timetable to get to 'work'
KUALA LUMPUR: POLICE showed that black magic was no match to painstaking investigations after they busted an Indonesian robbery gang with the arrest of five suspects hours after they pulled off another robbery in Kajang.
The robbers allegedly used "magic oil" supplied by a "guru" in Java, who also gave them a "timetable" on when it was safe for them to commit the robberies.
They allegedly followed the schedule strictly, but intelligence gathering by the police proved to be more effective than the black magic used by the robbers.
Kajang police chief Assistant Commissioner Ab Rashid Ab Wahab said a police team, led by Assistant Superintendent Sofian Abu Bakar, nabbed the five at a kongsi near a sawmill in Semenyih following a tip-off recently.
The raiding party also seized valuables, including jewellery and handphones, from the suspects.
"We also seized several sharp weapons, including a samurai sword."
But what surprised police more were two small cards which resembled a timetable. Days and times, from 7pm onwards, were marked with "o" or "x".
Rashid said "o" indicated that they could proceed with the robbery, while "x" meant to stay clear of the intended target.
Also found on the suspects was a small bottle containing what was claimed to be the "magic oil".
"They followed the schedule strictly while the oil was for their protection,"
Police believed that the gang was responsible for at least five robberies in the district with losses amounting to RM60,000.
Their latest victims were a family of five in Bandar Tech, Kajang, where the suspects, armed with knives, broke into the victims' house and tied the family members with wires before ransacking the premises.
The suspects, aged between 22 and 32, have been remanded to facilitate in investigations for armed and gang robberies.