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Police: Giant Kota Damansara jewel heists were inside job.

An assistant manager and a salesman were among 11 suspects arrested over two robberies at the Wah Chan jewellery outlet in Giant Kota Damansara.

Selangor police chief Commissioner Datuk Mazlan Mansor said the 25-year-old salesman masterminded the robbery and was also wanted for a cheating case in Senawang, Negri Sembilan last year.

'Both robberies were quick and organised because information was being fed to them.

'We managed to track down two suspects within 38 hours after the second robbery and seized a vehicle that was positively identified during the incident,' he said.

He said the duo's arrest led police to nine other suspects aged between 22 and 30 across the Klang Valley and Selangor.

Police recovered RM300,000 worth of stolen items from the suspects.

A .38 Smith and Wesson revolver seen by witnesses during the robbery was also recovered during the arrests.

Sources familiar with the investigation revealed that each suspect's cut was at least RM60,000 in payment after the first robbery.

'Initial investigation also showed the salesman was present during the first robbery and hid his involvement, but took sick leave for the second incident,' the source said.

The source said both the salesman and assistant manager have worked at the outlet for at least five years.

Mazlan also advised jewellers to closely vet their employees to reduce the risk of such incidents.

'They thought they could get fast money for Chinese New Year but now they have to spent the rest of their days in jail,' he said.

The latest heist took place on February 8, when three suspects carted away eight trays of jewellery worth RM750,000 and escaped in a Perodua Myvi with fake registration plates.

On November 1 last year, two men armed with parang made off with RM1.1 million worth of gold and jewellery from the same outlet, before fleeing in a Nissan Almera that was also fitted with the same fake plates.

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Publication:Malay Mail Online (Petaling Jaya, Malaysia)
Date:Feb 13, 2018
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