Three arrested for suspected armed robbery

Police believe they have crippled an armed robbery gang following the arrest of three men in Batu Pahat, two days ago.

Johor police chief Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff said two men, aged 20 and 23, were nabbed at 3am during a road block at Jalan Yong Peng-Labis, while the other man was arrested shortly after.

“The two men were in a Proton Perdana car when we inspected a sling bag and found three packets of white powder and some pills believed to be drugs,” he told reporters at the Johor Contingent Police Headquarters here today.

Mohd Mokhtar said further investigations found a revolver and ammunition, a MOD 500 7.65mm pistol with a magazine and two ammunition, a box containing 10 assorted bullets, three allen keys and two screwdrivers.

The suspects are being remanded until Saturday to facilitate investigations under Section 8 of the Firearms (Increased Penalties) Act 1971, he said.

Meanwhile, Mohd Mokhtar said four express bus drivers were arrested for driving while under the influence of ganja through “Operasi Ubah Sikap” at the Skudai Toll Plaza, here, and Yong Peng Bus Station, near Batu Pahat, on Monday.

He said the drivers, aged between 35 and 57, were among 182 bus drivers checked during the operation with help from the Road Transport Department.

“Three of the drivers will be remanded until Oct 31. One of them has two past criminal records,” he added.

– Bernama