Four men detained for robbing WeChat friends

KOTA KINABALU (Bernama) – Four men, believed to be members of a robbery gang, were detained for allegedly robbing their victims they befriended through the WeChat social site.

Kota Kinabalu Police Chief ACP Habibi Majinji said the suspects, aged between 21 and 27, were arrested at various locations in the city during an operation on January 16.

“Prior to the arrest, police received information on a robbery at a shopping centre which occurred at about 3am on January 15. Following investigation, we managed to arrest the suspects and recovered items belonging to the victim,” he told a media conference yesterday.

He said the modus operandi of the group was to disguise as women and befriended unsuspecting men on WeChat and then invite them out before robbing the suspects.