KUCHING: Police are believed to have pulled the plug on a spate of robbery cases involving 24-hour convenience stores in the city following the arrest of an unemployed man recently.
Acting on intelligence gathered by the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID), the man, 22, was arrested at a house in Taman Malihah, Matang near here at 1pm on Apr 16.
His accomplice, however, is still at large.
Sarawak CID chief Datuk Dev Kumar did not rule out the possibility that the duo were responsible for 15 robbery cases involving convenience stores in the city since early this year.
“Armed with a parang and knife, the suspect and his accomplice would usually operate between 1am and 6am to evade arrest since areas where the stores are located are quiet and vulnerable during this period.
“And they would threaten to use force against store workers who refuse to follow their instructions and surrender money.
“According to preliminary investigations, the first case involving the duo was a robbery at a convenience store at the Stutong Commercial Centre here on Jan 1,” said Dev in a statement today.
Dev added a urine test conducted on the suspect showed he tested positive for drugs.
“We also seized a Honda EX5 to facilitate investigations into the case when the raiding team picked up the suspect,” he said adding that the police believe the motorcycle has a fake registration number.
Dev also said police are also looking for a 24-year-old man identified as Hisham Meran, believed to be involved in the case.
“Those with information on Hisham’s whereabouts are advised to notify the nearest police station,” he said.