Robber kills injured partner to silence him

By STEVEN CHIEW
chiewcc@thestar.com.my

KUALA LUMPUR: An armed robber who was shot and wounded by a security guard during a jewellery shop heist in OUG Plaza was “assassinated” by his own accomplice to silence him.

At 2.45pm yesterday, two armed robbers stormed the Poh Kong jewellers’ shop located on the ground floor of the shopping complex, confronting the armed security guard seated in the front of the shop.

They grabbed the security guard’s pump gun and ordered the workers to scoop several trays of expensive jewellery into a plastic bag which they brought with them. There were four workers in the shop at the time of the robbery.

The robbers did not realise that there was another armed guard seated behind a one-way mirror inside the shop, who witnessed the robbery in progress and had taken aim at them.

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As the robbers attempted to flee, the armed guard fired a shot that hit one of the robbers in his abdomen, who then fell a short distance from the shop.

His accomplice who was a few metres ahead of him then turned back, and to the horror of the scores of shoppers, turned the gun on his injured partner and fired two shots before grabbing the loot and fleeing.

Kuala Lumpur Chief Police Officer Deputy Comm Datuk Wira Mohd Sabtu Osman said the robber who shot dead his partner escaped with at least eight trays of jewellery.

“The robber who was armed with a .38 special is a very dangerous and trigger-happy criminal who will not hesitate to kill anyone including his partner.

“Our initial investigations revealed the dead robber was a 34-year-old man with two previous cases of armed robbery and drug abuse,” he said.

Caught on camera: A CCTV recording showing a man believed to be the suspect in the jewellery shop robbery at OUG Plaza yesterday

DCP Mohd Sabtu said police would release a photofit of the armed robber soon after viewing the CCTV recording.