| Abdul Hakiim Yakof |
A SICKLE-wielding masked man robbed a grocery shop in Ban 3, Sengkurong a few days ago but got away only with a suitcase that contained documents.
The Royal Brunei Police Force (RPBF) has appealed for information from the public to help locate the suspect whose daring crime was caught on the shop’s CCTV.
The drama unfolded late in the evening on September 10, 2014 during the shop’s closing time, according to a statement from the RBPF, which received an emergency call at 11.40pm.
The shop’s manager was outside the shop and about to lock the door while two workers had already returned to their quarters when the suspect emerged from a car and rushed towards the manager.
The suspect threatened the manager with a sickle and told him to go back inside the shop.
Though he was terrified, the manager told the Bulletin that he refused to go back inside.
The manager showed a CCTV footage of the robber rushing inside the shop and rummaging through the drawers near the cash register. The suspect grabbed what appeared to be a suitcase.
As the suspect dragged a drawer full of paper out, he noticed that the manager tried to lock him inside the shop.
The suspect let go of the drawer and rushed to the manager and stopped him from locking the door by threatening him with the sickle.
The robber returned to the drawer but the manager again attempted to lock him inside the shop.
The robber then ran towards the door and decided to leave.
The manager said the robber went to his car and left with the suitcase, which he said contained three passports, business licence documents, cheque books and immigration documents.
The RBPF statement said that the police have classified the case as robbery under Section 392, Chapter 22 of the Penal Code after investigating the CCTV footage.
The RBPF said that the grocery shop’s manager suspects that the robber was a foreign national based on the suspect’s accent.
The RBPF also revealed that the suspect drove a Mazda saloon car without licence plates in the incident.
The RBPF are urging the public to provide any information on the robbery to the Sengkurong Police Station by contacting the number 2661904 or the emergency hotline 993.