KUCHING: Police have arrested two of three men who robbed a jewellery store in Kenyalang Park here on Oct 5 and made off with jewellery worth RM30,000.
Kuching OCPD ACP Ahsmon Bajah said the suspects, aged 35 and 61, were nabbed by a CID team in a special operation on Oct 7.
Among the items seized from the suspects were a ring, cash amounting to RM7,742, a knife, a Perodua Viva car, a fake licence plate, three cellphones and the clothes worn by the suspects.
A third suspect is still at large and an effort to hunt down the suspect is in full swing.
ACP Ahsmon urged the public to be on the lookout and report any information pertaining to one Chong Liang Hung, 46, whose last known address is No. 52, Kenyalang Park.
“With the arrest of the two suspects, we believe that we have solved this case and it is the first one reported following the opening of the economic sector.
“Their modus operandi is simple — they will target a jewellery store and use a car with a fake licence plate.
“One of them will go in and rob the store with a knife and the other will stay outside as a lookout,” ACP Ahsmon said told the media on Tuessday (Oct 12).
Background checks found that the 35-year-old suspect had four priors and tested positive for drugs, while the other suspect had one prior and tested negative for drugs.
The case is being investigated under Section 395 and Section 397 of the Penal Code, which carries a maximum jail term of 20 years and can also be fined and whipped upon conviction.
One of the detainees will also be investigated under Section 182 of the Penal Code for making a false report whereby the suspect had lodged a police report stating the loss of various items in a vehicle parked in Jalan Tun Jugah after the robbery.
Also present at the press conference was Kuching deputy OCPD Supt Merbin Lisa.