IPOH: Police are conducting an internal investigation after a pistol belonging to its personnel was used in a robbery at a hotel in Menglembu here, early last month.
Perak police chief, Datuk Razarudin Husain said initial investigations revealed the pistol was reported missing by a policeman with the rank of corporal while carrying out his duty in Tanjung Rambutan on Jan 15.
"An investigation is also being carried out by the Integrity and Compliance Department (JIPS) on the missing Walther P99 pistol which was used by two local men aged between 20 and 27 during the robbery.
"During the 4.10am incident, the duo allegedly robbed a hotel counter and made off with RM509 cash. No shots were fired.
“Police managed to arrest them within an hour in Sungai Senam here," he told reporters after witnessing the handing-over of duties of the state Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department (NCID) at the Senior Police Officers' Mess, here, today.
Razarudin said during the arrest, police seized the pistol and both suspects were charged under Sections 392 and 411 of the Penal Code and Section 8 of the Firearms (Increased Penalties) Act 1971 on Feb 6.
At the event, Assistant Commissioner Lee King Chuan was appointed as the new state NCID chief, replacing senior assistant commissioner V.R. Ravi Chandran who is now Federal NCID assistant director (Intelligence/International Relation).