Inside job not ruled out in New Year’s Eve jewellery heist

KUALA LUMPUR: Investigations into the RM1.5 million jewellery heist at a crowded mall in Cheras on New Year's Eve will look into all possibilities including an inside job.

Kuala Lumpur Criminal Investigation Department (CID) chief SAC Rusdi Mohd Isa said at this stage, all possible motives are still being investigated.

"At this stage, all angles will be taken into consideration when carrying out investigations. The CID personnel are hot on the heels of the culprits," he told theSun when contacted.

It is learned that a task force has also been formed to look into the case.

Sources said the city CID team had a meeting yesterday and the team is looking forward to solving the case as soon as possible.

At least 10 statements have been recorded from witnesses at the scene to date.

Last Sunday, ten robbers struck a crowded mall in Taman Segar, Cheras, and escaped with gold items in a heist that lasted a mere three minutes.

Stunned shoppers scurried for safety as the robbers barged into the jewellery store at about 8.30pm and held up five employees, including a security guard.

The robbers, who were armed with sledgehammers, wore full-face helmets with visors and gloves.

The robbers were said to have five other accomplices standing by outside the mall on several motorcycles for their getaway.

The forensics team found several cigarette butts while combing the scene for evidence last Sunday, which may have a link to the case.