SEVEN people robbed about K4 billion from AYA Bank staff who were carrying in two cars in Bago Region on 13 September.
AYA Bank’s Supervisor of Yangon branch U Min Min Oo carried the K2 million in Toyota Hiace with the driver U Saw Ni Ko Latt while another K2 million was carried by bank’s peon U Win Lwin Myint, security Chit San Maung and driver Myo Kyaw Thu in another Toyota Hiace from AYA Bank branch (1) of Bago to Yangon. When the two vehicles arrived at milepost 25/5 of old Yangon-Mandalay highway, they were stopped by seven people – one in traffic police suit, two in police uniform holding guns and four in civilian clothes.
They covered the eyes, mouths and hands of victims with tapes and took the money and three mobile phones of bank staff, and ran away in Hijet.
The bank officials informed the security members about the case and they investigated without any delays. Within five hours, the security forces arrested the suspect Myint Myint Naing, who gave the uniforms to the suspects for robbery, in Mazin Ward of Bago.
Myint Myint Naing admitted that there were suspected men at the house of Ohmar located at Maha Zedi 10/(a-3). The police raided the house and arrested Yan Lin Htwe, Aung Pye Khant and Phone Khant Ko including Ohmar together with 1 M-79 launcher and about K70 million.
Another suspect Si Thu Pyo was still at large.
According to the confessions of suspects, the firearms/ammunition and money were kept at Dhamma Duta Nunnery in Oktha Myothit, and the police found Daw Uppasama and Daw Dhammacari, and seized 2AK-47 guns, 4 magazines, 220 bullets, 6 MK-12 guns, 12 long/short magazines, 6 pairs of gun-related materials, 14 bags containing money, 2 pieces of gunny and 9 small plastic bags at 10:30 pm.
The police also went to a house located in Butar Yone street of Mazin Ward at 11 pm to arrest Kalar Gyi. They did not find the suspected and confiscated 10 keypad phones, mine-related materials and 17 packs of K10,000 notes.
In this case, 7 suspects 3 males and 4 females, 1 M-79 launcher, 2 AK-47 rifles, 4 magazines, 220 bullets, 6 MK-12 rifles, 12 types of magazines, other materials and K4,000 million were discovered just within nine hours after the incident by the security forces due to their timely efforts and report of dutiful people at the risk of their lives.
It is learnt that the people in Bago and surrounding areas have increased their trust in security members, who uncovered the crimes with great perseverance, for their security affairs than before.
The robbery was arranged by Myo Ko, in charge of Bago PDF. The currently arrested suspects were the members of PDF and Aung Pyae Khant was the CDM staff (peon) of AYA Bank, Bago branch.
The recent bank robbery and other acts of terrorism, including the announcement of the D-Day by the terrorist group NUG coincided with the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly which begins on 14 September, and such doings are political subterfuges aimed at making the leaders aware of the instability in political, economy and security of the country.
The uncovering of the robbery case within 9 hours showed good cooperation of the security members and dutiful people and a sign that counteracted the wrongdoings of unscrupulous persons.
The arrested suspects will face legal actions under the law. The security force will also investigate to arrest the absconders. Moreover, announcements are also released that the entire people can participate in fight terrorism and arresting perpetrators as quickly as possible, secretly report to the officials about their hiding places and activities, and the whistle-blowers and those who help arrest the suspects will be covertly rewarded.