Published on: Monday, August 04, 2014
Penampang: Items worth about RM100,000 were seized from three suspects, who were allegedly involved in break-ins in Penampang and Putatan, after police caught them in action on Saturday.
The trio, aged between 18 and 30, were arrested after a security guard, who noticed their vehicle parked at the Cyber City apartments, contacted police.
Their vehicle had reportedly been blacklisted by the management of the apartments due to suspected break-ins a month ago.
District Police Chief DSP Ratan Kumar Singh said one of the suspects was waiting in the car while the other two had broken into an apartment when police arrived.
He said the suspects tried to evade arrest by putting up a struggle but they were subdued and apprehended.
Various items such as cash, laptops, tablets, watches, handphones and jewellery were recovered, he added.
"We also confiscated a walkie-talkie, believed used by the suspects, in their break-in activity," he told a press conference at the district police station here, Sunday.
Also present were Penampang CID Chief DSP Ho Siew Hoong and Investigating Officer Inspector Mohd Najib Mansur.
Initial investigation, Ratan said, revealed that the trio, who were suspected drug addicts and former convicts, were involved in at least five break-in cases at housing areas here and in Putatan last month.
He said police were investigating whether there are other suspects involved in the break-ins, adding the trio would be investigated under Section 457 of the Penal Code for committing housebreaking.
Ratan also reminded residents to notify police before leaving their houses for holidays so that the police can do regular patrols in their residential areas.