A group of thieves blew up two ATM machines at a bank in Setia Alam and managed to rob a total of RM349,000 in cash within five minutes.
NST reported that the heist took place at during the early hours of the morning yesterday (Feb 23).
2 ATM machines blown up
Shah Alam police chief Assistant Commissioner Mohd Iqbal Ibrahim told the English daily that police received a call from the public at around 6.48am about the ATM machines being blown up and the cash taken away.
He added that when they arrived at the scene, they found two badly damaged ATMs, with one fully blasted open while the other wasn’t.
“Our investigation identified three suspects who were seen entering the premises and were driving a white car believed to be a Mitsubishi ASX. They also fled with the money that was still in the cartridge,” he said.
Mohd Iqbal added that CCTV recording of the robbery was blurry as the thieves had sprayed it with black paint.
Bank suffers loss of RM409,000
According to personnel from the Bomb Disposal Unit and Post Ballistic Investigation, it is believed that the ATM machines were blown wide open using gas pressure.
In addition to the RM349,000 stolen by the thieves, the bank also suffered an additional RM60,000 in costs to the ATMs.
Iqbal said the case is being investigated under Section 436 and 379 of the Penal Code for mischief by explosive substance and theft.
Those with further information are urged to contact Investigating Officer ASP Mohammad Khairi at 012-2666025.