PENANG: Five men have been arrested in Penang on suspicion of committing armed robberies. The first two suspects, aged 26 and 30, were arrested in relation to an armed robbery at a convenience store in Jalan Betik, Bukit Mertajam in December.
Police recovered a .38 revolver handgun, two bullet casings, three bullets, two Yamaha 135z motorcycles, a SYM motorcycle, a car, two mobile phones, a machete, four helmets, and two sling bags during the arrests at midnight on Sunday (Jan 1).
The two suspects have been remanded for six days and are being investigated under Section 3(1) and Section 8 of the Arms Act 1960 as well as Section 395/397 of the Penal Code. The police believe that these arrests have solved six armed robberies in the Central Seberang Perai district.
In the second batch of arrests, two men aged 24 and 25 were arrested in Kepala Batas for their alleged involvement in three robberies and a motorcycle theft in North Seberang Perai. They are being held until Jan 4.
In the third arrest, a man aged 30 was arrested in George Town for his involvement in snatch theft at Rafeie Road, Tanjung Bungah, which left a woman with injuries to her left leg and losses of RM350. The suspect is believed to be involved in five cases in the Timur Laut district and one motorcycle theft in the Barat Daya district, and has been remanded for seven days under Section 394 and 379A(1) of the Penal Code.