JOHOR BARU: What was supposed to be a routine transaction between a luxury watch salesman and a customer turned into a violent robbery when six parang armed men burst in and made off with RM500,000 worth of loot.
Jimmy Chai, who runs an online luxury watch boutique, said the meeting was to take place in a private room at a restaurant in Taman Mount Austin here at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday June 8.
He said two weeks ago a man contacted him via social media to buy two Rolex watches and paid a deposit of RM4,000 to reserve the watches.
A meeting was then arranged by the customer where he was to make the remaining payment in exchange for the watches, said Chai, 27.
“When my two employees and a bodyguard arrived at the restaurant, they notified the customer of their arrival by text message. Shortly after sending him, six men with parangs burst into the private room and demanded the watches.
“They also slashed one of my employees and forced him to remove the Rolex watch he was wearing,” he told The Star in an interview Thursday, June 9.
He said the suspects then fled the scene with the three watches, worth a total of around RM500,000.
He added that his injured employee had been sent to hospital for medical treatment.
Chai said he hoped the police would be able to recover the stolen watches.
Johor Baru South OCPD Asst Comm Raub Selamat said police are still looking for the suspects.
He added that investigations are ongoing under article 395/397 of the Penal Code for armed robbery.
Those who have information about this should go to the nearest police station or call the Johor Police hotline on 07-221 2999.