KUALA LUMPUR: A gang of robbers needed only four minutes to complete a RM1 million heist at a jewellery store at the OUG Plaza in Taman United, Jalan Klang Lama, this afternoon.

Four robbers, one brandishing a gun, had barged into the jewellery store at 12.51pm. The jewellery store was located a mere 30 metres from the mall entrance.

The shop’s security guard, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the robbers took mere minutes to collect their loot. “One of them held up a gun and warned us (him and the workers) not to interfere.

In the meantime, his accomplices used hammers to smash the display cases and fill their bags with trays of jewellery. The guard said that despite having a gun, he was unable to do anything.

Meanwhile, the cashier of a convenience shop located across the jewellers said she panicked upon seeing the robbers. “I ducked, as I feared for my own safety,” she said.

Another eyewitness said he saw the robbers escape in a car, which was waiting by the mall entrance. Brickfields police chief Assistant Commissioner Sharol Osman Mansor said the robbers fled with 21 trays of jewellery, valued at more than RM1 million.

At press time, police had cordoned off the crime scene and were recording statements from the store’s workers. It is learnt that this is the second time the shop had been robbed in less than three years.