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Group Posing As Public, Private Sector Staff Targeting Senior Citizens To Rob
Among others, the four-man group has posed as staff from Tenaga Nasional Berhad, Social Welfare Department, Penang Water Supply Corporation, local authorities and even the police.
The police have identified four men in their 20s, as belonging to the group which has been active in the Seberang Perai Tengah and Seberang Perai Utara areas.
Penang CID chief SAC Mazlan Kesah said between early January and yesterday, the group had committed a total of 15 robberies with losses amounting to RM84,550.
"They target senior citizens and women who are alone at home during the day, and pose as staff from either the public or private sector to gain access.
"Upon entering the house of the intended victim, the latter would be forced to hand over cash and jewellery. Those declining to surrender their valuables are threatened with injury, or have been hurt in some cases," he said.
Mazlan was speaking to reporters after visiting Ismail Bee Mydin Pillay, 70, a robbery victim, at her home in Lorong Tuna here today.
He said a special task force headed by state crime investigations chief (risks and operations) Supt Shahrunain Jais had been set up to investigate the 15 robberies.
Meanwhile, Ismail Bee, 70, said in the robbery which occurred on Feb 21, she was alone at her house when two men posing as social welfare department officers approached her to conduct a check on recipients of aid from the department.
Ismail Bee, who received the aid each month did not suspect anything and opened the door to let them in.
"When they entered, one of them brandished a knife and ordered me to give up my jewellery and cash. He told me not to shout for help...I gave him two gold rings and ear-rings, as well as RM300 because I was afraid of being hurt.
"The other man ransacked the house before they fled from my house," she said.
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