JOHOR BARU: Equipped with a talisman that they thought made them invincible, four Indonesian criminals charged at police officers who were raiding the house they were in at Taman Johor Jaya, here, recently.
This prompted the policemen to open fire.
In the process one of the criminals was shot.
When the robbers saw their accomplice injured and bleeding, only then did they put their pistols down, realising that they were outnumbered by the detectives.
That led to the arrest of the Indonesians aged between 30 and 45, and a 50-year-old local woman.
Johor police chief Datuk Mokhtar Shariff said two semi-automatic pistols and 17 bullets were seized from the robbers in the 1.30am raid.
The burglars are believed to be members of a gang involved in a murder and 15 robberies that included seven cases in Seri Alam, four in Johor Baru, and two in Nusajaya and Kulaijaya, respectively.
Mokhtar, however, did not elaborate on the woman's role in the gang, nor did he disclose further information on the cases in which the suspects were believed to be involved.
It is learnt that police had mounted surveillance and gathered information on the gang before storming the house which was the robbers' hideout.