Policeman arrested to assist probe into gang robbery, extortion

IPOH: A policeman has been detained to facilitate investigations into gang robbery and extortion at a house near here late last month.

The 32-year-old suspect who served in the state police contingent surrendered at the Ipoh police headquarters about 11am today.

The arrest brings to five people comprising four policemen and a civilian picked up in connection with the gang robbery-cum-extortion.

In a statement here, Ipoh police chief ACP Mohd Ali Tamby said a suspected civilian accomplice was still at large and the police were in the midst of tracking the man down.

On Dec 27, a 54-year-old man lodged a police report claiming that six men who had identified themselves as policemen came to his house allegedly to carry out a raid but instead, extorted RM12,300 from him.

It was believed the money was a form of "settlement" so that the victim would not be taken into police custody for alleged drug possession.

On Dec 28, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim said the policemen had claimed they carried out a raid at the house in Persiaran Rapat Baru 1, Taman Lapangan Permai near here about 2am the previous day.

"However, they did not write a report on the raid, which is the standard operating procedure whenever the police conduct a raid, so we suspected they took advantage of the situation to extort and harass the victim," he said.

Perak police deputy chief, Datuk Omar Mammah said the incident involved four policemen and two civilians. — Bernama