Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Three armed men rob traders at Penang International Airport

A gold supplier from Dubai and a local goldsmith were robbed of 5.9kg of gold bars worth US$240,000 (RM840,000) by three armed robbers at the Penang International Airport in Bayan Lepas here.

State CID chief Senior Asst Comm (II) Wan Abdullah Tuanku Said said the goldsmith was escorting his supplier, who had just arrived from Dubai, to his car when two gunmen suddenly ran towards them at 10.30am yesterday.

“At the car park, the men forced the victims to squat and lower their heads.

“A third person appeared and grabbed the two bags containing the gold bars, which had been placed on the back seat.

“The robbery was over within minutes. The robbers, in their early 30s, spoke to each other in a foreign language, which according to the victims, sounded like Vietnamese,” he said when met at the scene.

How it happened: The goldsmith (right) relaying the incident to SAC Wan Abdullah. He and the gold supplier (left) were held up by the robbers at the Penang International Airport in Bayan Lepas Monday.

SAC Wan Abdullah said police believe the robbers fled in a car, which was parked outside the car park, adding that the victims’ vehicle was parked about 40m from the departure hall’s entrance.

“The victims did not see the escape vehicle as they were too shocked to react.

There were many vehicles at the car park but there were no witnesses as no one was there to pick up their cars at that time.

“The victims later sought help from the airport police before lodging a report at the Bayan Lepas police station,” he said, adding that police have set up roadblocks to try to nab the robbers.

Police are now trying to determine how the robbers had information on the gold supplier’s arrival which was only known to very few people. This is the second such incident at the airport in the past month.

On Aug 27, two men armed with automatic pistols shot a moneychanger before grabbing two bags on an airport trolley.

However, they missed RM1.9mil kept in another suitcase.

Source : STAR
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