Monday July 2, 2012
Over RM1mil stolen from ATMs
By STEVEN CHIEW
Kuala Lumpur: The Oxy gang has struck again, this time carting away over a million ringgit cash by breaking into four ATMs at a hypermarket.
The incident is believed to have occurred between midnight and 7am at Carrefour Hypermarket in Wangsa Maju yesterday.
The thieves accessed the hypermarket by drilling a hole from the basement car park.
Sentul deputy OCPD Supt Othman Abu Bakar said the thieves used a blowtorch to open four out of six ATMS located on the ground floor of the hypermarket.
The thieves then escaped with RM1.17mil through the hole.
Supt Othman said a security guard on his rounds spotted the hole at 7am. Further checks revealed that the CCTVs had been tampered with.
The Oxy gang got its name because of the modus operandi of using oxy-fuel (commonly called oxyacetylene or oxy welding torches), which uses fuel gases and oxygen, to cut through the ATMs.
Security guard Marsued Martaib, 55, did not suspect anything amiss when he reported for work at 7am.
“I only realised what had happened two hours later when a few policemen asked where the ATMs were located,” he said at the scene.
It is also learnt that the hypermarket, which closes at midnight, has been in business for more than 15 years and this was the first time such an incident has happened.
On June 22, thieves broke open an ATM at a hypermarket in Taman Permata and got away with more than RM80,000.
On June 14, four robbers took less than three minutes to cart away an ATM containing RM47,900 from the Subang Jaya KTM commuter station.
On June 1, thieves carted away an ATM machine, which contained RM37,520 when they dragged it out of a building in Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi near Sepang.