SHAH ALAM: Police yesterday reprimanded the parents of two secondary school students who were caught in the company of robbers who had robbed several 24-hour restaurants in the district recently.
Selangor police chief Datuk Tun Hisan Tun Hamzah took the parents to task for allowing their sons to mix around freely with the adults, leaving their homes late and night.
"The two were only 17, but their parents did not mind them having adults as friends and going out in the wee hours of the morning," Tun Hisan said.
The two were among eight suspects who were nabbed in a four-day operation in the state as police stepped up their search for the robbers who had been recently terrorising 24-hour eateries.
"Two of the other suspects were security guards,” he told reporters today.
"We seized a motorcycle reported stolen in Shah Alam recently, a laptop bag, helmets and jackets the suspects had used during their robbing spree.
The robbers had first struck at a mamak restaurant in Section 15 in Shah Alam in the early hours of August 28.
The closed circuit television camera (CCTV) recording of the robbery, in which they were seen brandishing parang and snatching laptops and handbags of customers, was widely circulated on YouTube and Facebook.
Their second robbery was at a mamak restaurant in Section 24 here, about 5.30am on September 8.
This time, apart from robbing the cash machine and taking away cigarettes, the robbers also damaged the CCTV at the premises.
Police are now looking for S. Veeramuthu, 19, from Kapar, Klang, to assist investigations.
In another case, police arrested three men last Thursday, a day after they made off with three lorries containing rice worth RM220,000 after tying up security guards at a premise in Taman Perindustrian Teknologi Rawang.
The men, aged between 25 and 30, were picked up in Sungai Buloh after a tip-off where police also found two parang and a crowbar.
Police also seized the three lorries and 54 sacks of rice. They are now looking for six others to facilitate investigations. - NST