KUALA LUMPUR – A smooth-talking conman who made his way into a bank in Damansara here last month and coolly escaped with RM600,000 from a safe room has been arrested by police.
After more than three weeks on the run, the suspect who is in his 30’s was nabbed by a team of detectives from the Kuala Lumpur CID at his house at Batu Berendam, Malacca, at about 7pm yesterday.
Sources said the police team had recovered part of the stolen RM600,000 from the suspect.
It is learnt that the police team had travelled from here to conduct surveillance on the suspect following a tip-off on his whereabouts.
The suspect who is married with two children was brought to Kuala Lumpur yesterday and police will seek a remand order today to keep him in custody for investigations.
On Sept 8, “armed” with only a piece of paper, the conman walked into a bank at Damansara Heights and coolly left undetected with RM600,000 that he stole from a safe room.
Posing as a fire extinguisher maintenance man, the thief, who carried a backpack and wore a T-shirt, Bermuda shorts and slippers, was in and out of the bank with the money in just 20 minutes but it was not until about two hours later that the crime was detected by bank staff.
He had entered the bank past noon on a busy Friday and identified himself to staff as a technician of a fire extinguisher company who was appointed to inspect the serviceability of the extinguishers and asked to be allowed into restricted areas.
He had also shown the staff a document that was supposedly the floor plan of the place and was denied access to restricted areas of the bank after he failed to show the bank manager his company identification.
However, he stayed on and managed to slip past a door to the staff area, mingled among staff including the chief cashier before finding his way into the safe room where he bundled the cash and left coolly after telling an unsuspecting security guard that he will return to complete the inspection after fetching another staff to assist him.
theSun’s front page story today revealed the suspect’s alleged string of crimes since 2014 prior to his biggest haul at the bank last month.
Since police released his images to the public on Sept 18, police investigators received a barrage of calls from over 20 victims who revealed how they lost cash and valuables to the smooth and slick criminal.