Saturday, August 22, 2009

Two Thugs Shot Dead By Police

COPS SHOOT TWO DEAD: Selangor police today shot dead two Indonesian thugs, about two hours after they robbed a wealthy septuagenarian at his house in Kayangan Heights, and causing his death. - NST picture by Che Rani Che Di

SHAH ALAM, Aug 21 (Bernama) -- Selangor police Friday shot dead two Indonesian thugs, about two hours after they robbed a wealthy septuagenarian at his house in Kayangan Heights, resulting in the man's death due to suffocation.

It is learnt that Lim Geik Poh, 70, a heart patient, collapsed and died after he was gagged and tied up by the robbers who spent about five hours ransacking the house, beginning 10 last night.

The recycling company proprietor's house is located just 50 metres from a security guard outpost in the housing area.

Lim's 69-year-old wife who was also gagged and tied up during the robbery, managed to free herself after the robbers escaped with cash and jewellery worth about RM500,000.

The woman telephoned her children to relate the incident before contacting the outpost which in turn called the police.

Lim's body was sent to the Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital for post-mortem.

Selangor police chief Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar said Lim, who was a heart patient, could have died due to suffocation.

"When the police arrived at Lim's house, he was already dead. As he was gagged by the robbers, he could have suffocated as a result," he added.

On the dead robbers, Khalid said they were part of the 'Roy Gang' which was linked to six armed robberies and house break-ins in the district.

He said the duo, in their 30s, had valid travel documents and that the police were in the midst of tracking down their accomplices.

Khalid said that upon being informed of the hold-up at Lim's house, a special police team was despatched to the scene before it cornered the two foreigners about 5am.

Despite being challenged to surrender, the police chief said the parang-weilding duo attempted to attack the police who fired four shots in self-defence, killing them on the spot.

Khalid said that initial investigations revealed that members of the 'Roy Gang' had used a hut, not far from Lim's home, to plan their strikes at the homes of potential victims.

He said the police found several house break-in tools at the hut which was believed to have been set up about a week ago. -- BERNAMA

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