The police are on the search for three men involved in the brazen heist of a gold salesman and his driver in the middle of Sungai Besi Expressway on Monday, 21 September
According to Bernama, Brickfields police chief ACP Zairulnizam Mohd Zainuddin said the thieves got away with jewellery worth RM3 million, about RM67,000 in cash, as well as a Toyota Hilux in the 3.35pm incident.
Video footage of the robbery was widely circulated on social media, showing masked men dragging the gold trader and his driver out of their white vehicle that was sandwiched between two other black pickup trucks.
In the nine seconds caught on camera, one of the masked men can be seen carrying several bags out from the vehicle.
Zairulnizam said the police have obtained statements from eight witnesses of the incident, including the person who recorded the video
The police chief elaborated that the three men had cornered the victims' car while they were on their way to distribute jewellery around Kuala Lumpur.
The witnesses said the parang-armed thieves, wearing long-sleeved shirts and black ski masks, broke the gold trader's car window to get him out of the car.
"They dragged the salesman and the driver out of their vehicle before fleeing with all the gold and cash that was inside," Zairulnizam said in a statement yesterday, reported Malay Mail.
He added that the salesman, 47, and the driver, 21, were injured by the shattered window and were left by the roadside.
The victims filed a police report on the robbery at about 6.20pm on the same day.
The case is being investigated under Section 395/397 of the Penal Code for armed robbery
Zairulnizam said police have already found the stolen white Toyota Hilux in Damansara, Petaling Jaya, but the vehicle had been set on fire.
The police chief also urged witnesses to contact the police if they come across any criminal activity in the future instead of just sharing it on social media.
"Such action will only allow the criminals to escape or even lead to untoward incidents," he said after the witness who recorded the heist failed to contact the police until the investigation was conducted.