Cops nab three robbery suspects in separate cases
EXEMPLARY: Johor police chief praises prompt action that led to arrests ‘within hours’
JOHOR BARU: JOHOR police chief Datuk Mokhtar Shariff was indeed a pleased man yesterday.
After all it's not every day his subordinates manage to solve three separate robbery cases all within hours of it taking place in Seri Alam and the state capital, early this month.
The cases recorded may not be prominent, but they did not stop Johor's top policeman from singing praises of his team of crime busters.
In the first case, police arrested a 29-year-old suspect within three hours at a nearby area after a house was broken into at Taman Bukit Mewah, Tampoi on Sept 6.
Among the items stolen were rice cookers, a cooking pot and a washing machine, said Mokhtar at a press conference.
"Our efficiency in combating crime is shown here. Such robbers have nothing else to do.
"They are too lazy to work to earn an honest living and resort to robbing people instead."
On Sept 15, a youth was arrested within 50 minutes after attempting to rob a man near a cybercafe at Taman Kota Masai, Pasir Gudang.
"We also found the knife he used in the attempted robbery. He is only 18 and had no previous criminal record," Mokhtar said.
On Sept 17, a man broke into a female workers' hostel in Ulu Tiram, damaged several items before fleeing the scene with a handphone.
Barely 30 minutes later, a 31-year old suspect was arrested and the stolen handphone was retrieved.
"Police are working hard to maintain peace and order in the state and with our experience in handling such cases, we have the means to solve such cases as soon as possible.
"We have formed special teams to make rounds at night and monitor the people's safety.
"I would like to congratulate those responsible in apprehending these criminals."