IPOH: Police have crippled a criminal gang, which has been involved in robbery by impersonating as policemen, following the arrest of five men, including a policeman, in separate raids in the city early this month.

Based on police records, the gang has committed at least nine robberies since January.

State Criminal Investigations Department chief Senior Asistant Commissioner Yahya Abd Rahman said the gang members, aged between 19 and 23, often targeted foreign workers at hostels or "rumah kongsi" near construction sites.

"They have been known to impersonate policemen by pretending to conduct spot checks at these areas. Some of them will wear the police vests and checked the workers for various immigration offences before robbing them of cash, jewellery and handphones." he said.

Yahya said the first arrest was made on Oct 2 following information gathered by police intelligence.

"In the raid, 15 handphones, two police vests, a bag, a wallet and a cutter were seized."

"Following further investigation, we tracked down three more members and arrested them the next day."

He said on Oct 6, the fifth suspect, who is also a policeman, was picked up to assist the investigation.

Yahya said during the probe, police also arrested two men and a woman, who were believed to be buyers of the gang's stolen items.

“With this, we are able to solve at least nine robbery cases around the city." he added.

The case is being investigated under Section 395 of the Penal Code for gang robbery and Section 170 of the Penal Code for impersonating a policeman.

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Police have crippled a criminal gang, which has been involved in robbery by impersonating as policemen, following the arrest of five men, including a policeman, in separate raids in the city early this month. Pic by NSTP/ABDULLAH YUSOF

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