In a brazen morning heist that took place yesterday (23 Feb), three masked robbers made off with RM349,000 in cash in just five minutes after they blew up two automated teller machines (ATMs) at a bank in Setia Alam.
Reports indicate that the robbers entered the bank around 6:48 am, blinded the CCTV cameras, then quickly blew up the ATMs before escaping with the money still in the cartridges.
Two badly damaged ATM machines estimated to be worth RM60,000 were left behind after the heist.
Shah Alam police chief Assistant Commissioner, Mohd Iqbal Ibrahim, confirmed that investigators on the scene were able to identify three suspects who were seen entering the premises in a white car suspected to be a Mitsubishi ASX.
Unfortunately for the police, the surveillance recordings they retrieved were blurry and unclear as the aforementioned CCTV cameras had been covered with black spray paint.
According to NST, Mohd Iqbal stated that “The Bomb Disposal Unit and Post Ballistic Investigation called to the scene believe that the ATMs were blasted using gas pressure.”
The police are now on the hunt for the suspects and have launched a probe under Section 436 and 379 of the Penal Code for mischief by explosive substance and theft.
This incident highlights the need for banks and other financial institutions to take better measures to ensure the safety of their premises and customers.
Additionally, police have also requested for members of the public with information regarding the heist to call investigating officer ASP Mohammad Khairi at 012-2666025.