IPOH: Five men posing as policemen robbed a restaurant operator of RM35,000 near Bidor on Tuesday.
In the 4pm incident, the 58-year-old victim and his son, in his 20s, were heading home from a bank when they were stopped near Simpang Bidor.
One of them, said to be wearing a police vest, instructed them get out of their pick-up truck.
Tapah deputy police chief DSP Abdullah Arshad said the robbers told the victim and his son they wanted to check their vehicle for drugs.
Earlier, the duo had withdrawn RM30,000 from a bank in Bidor.
"The victim's son, who suspected something amiss, tried to contact the police but the robbers took out a parang and held it to his neck," Abdullah said.
He said the robbers fled after taking a bag containing the RM30,000, and RM5,000 more from the victims' pockets.
Initial investigations revealed the registration plate on the robbers' getaway car was fake.
Abdullah advised the public not to be fooled by such impersonators.
If approached, they should ask for their authority cards.
"If the so-called policemen use suspicious ways to stop you, don't stop. Just head straight to the nearest police station," he said.