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Police cripple four break-in gangs; 20 cases solved

Published on: Saturday, March 22, 2014

Kota Kinabalu: Police have crippled four separate gangs responsible for about 20 house break-in cases in three locations in the city since early this year.

The gangs comprising 10 men, aged in their 20s and 30s, were brought in during an "Ops Pintu" swoop conducted over four days, beginning Monday.

Various items such as house break-in equipment, machetes, Samurai swords, RM1,000, jewellery and a stolen Toyota Vios vehicle, all worth about RM150,000, were also confiscated from the gangs.

City Police Chief ACP Jauteh Dikun said the first arrest was made at Kg Lokub in Menggatal, where three foreigners were brought in to facilitate investigations.

Jauteh said the second arrest was made at Inanam on Tuesday, where a man was caught red-handed with stolen items in his possession.

"Preliminary investigations showed the man and several accomplices had just broken into a STC lottery outlet along Jalan Tuaran when police caught up with him," Jauteh told a media conference, here, Friday.

"His accomplice, however, managed to escape in a Honda Accord vehicle," he said, adding that various items worth about RM10,000 as well as a Toyota Vios vehicle reported stolen in Penampang were recovered.

The third arrest, Jauteh said, was conducted in Luyang where four men were brought in on Wednesday.

He said the fourth arrest was also conducted in Luyang where two men were detained.

He said among all the gangs, the one in Kg Lokub, Menggatal was the most active with a record of about 10 house break-ins in the area.

"All those detained tested negative for drug abuse and we are currently investigating whether they have any previous convictions," he said.