2 men arrested in Malaysia for $300,000 gang robbery at Rowell Road

The two men had fled Singapore after the robbery, which took place in Rowell Road on Dec 11, 2017.
The two men had fled Singapore after the robbery, which took place in Rowell Road on Dec 11, 2017. PHOTO: SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE

SINGAPORE - Two men were arrested in Malaysia on Thursday (April 12) for their suspected involvement in a gang robbery that took place at a Rowell Road shophouse last year.

The pair, aged 30 and 33, were nabbed with help from the Royal Malaysia Police (RMP) and extradited to Singapore on the same day, the police said in a statement early on Friday.

They were alerted to the robbery at 93 Rowell Road, which involved $300,000, at 3.10am on Dec 11, 2017.

Officers from Central Police Division conducted extensive investigations and established that a total of 12 suspects were involved. They are all Singaporeans who are mostly in their 20s.

The Straits Times understands that the 33-year-old man had allegedly robbed a Bangladeshi worker of the money that he had earlier collected from other workers to help remit home.

He had entered the shophouse unit with about four other suspects, while the rest waited outside as lookouts.

Ten of them were arrested in a series of operations between Dec 11 and Jan 8. They have been charged in court and their cases are still ongoing.

The remaining two men, however, were found to have fled Singapore for Malaysia after the robbery.

Gang robbery is punishable with up to 20 years in jail and at least 12 strokes of the cane.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Arthur Law, commander of Central Police Division, expressed his appreciation to the RMP for their assistance in the arrests.

"The SPF (Singapore Police Force) will do its utmost to track down those who flee Singapore after committing crimes. With the assistance from foreign law enforcement agencies counterparts, we will ensure that justice is served."