GEORGE TOWN, March 4 – A robber fired a few shots before carting off with RM500,000 from a cash transport vehicle of a security company outside a bank in Jalan Mahsuri, Bayan Baru, here today. State CID Chief Datuk Mazlan Kesah, who was at the scene, said about 11.15am, two men on a motorcycle bearing a fake registration number plates had intercepted security officers who were about to transfer cash into the security van parked outside the Ambank Bayan Baru along Lintang Mayang Pasir 1.
The robber had intercepted 2 bag of money which is one bag contained RM300,000 and the other RM500,000. Mazlan said one of the robbers, riding pillion, approached the van as the door was being opened for the guards to enter. He pointed a gun at one of the guards carrying two bags of cash and kicked one of the security guards feet until the latter lost his balance to fall, and fled with the bags.
“The robber then ran away with two bags of cash but had to make do with one after the guards shot his leg. The robber accomplice on the bike sped off, while the injured robber ran across the street about 130 metres towards a residential area nearby. We have recovered the other bag, containing RM300,000, which the robbers left behind in a scrap metal shop nearby. The robbers were believed to have tailed them to the other bank before staging the robbery,” added Mazlan. Meanwhile, Penang CID Chief Senior Asst Comm Mazlan Kesah urged hospitals or clinics to report anyone seeking treatment for gunshot wounds to the police.