GEORGE TOWN: An Indonesian criminal group involved with two separate burglaries - one at the northeast district last Friday and another at southwest district two days later, are believed to have left the country, police investigations revealed.
Penang Criminal Investigations Department chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Zainol Samah said the group came from Indonesia solely to commit crimes here and escape to their home country with the loot.
"There are cases of illegal entry but this particular group, we believe had entered and left the country legally.
"At the moment, we have yet to identify them. The closed circuit television (CCTV) footage retrieved from the second case was not helpful but we will continue the probe to track them down," he said after accompanying Selangor police chief Datuk Seri Abu Samah Mat on a tour at the Penang police headquarters here today.
Last Friday, the burglars had escaped with RM100,000 worth of jewellery items after breaking into a house at Jalan Bukit Gambir here at 5am.
They tied up a man and his son and threatened the victim's wife with machetes to handover her valuables.
The group then left the house via the back door.
On Sunday, the same group broke into a house in Changkat Sungai Ara Dua, Bayan Lepas at the southwest district at 4.30am.
Here, they also tied up a man and his son before taking RM3,000 in cash from the victims. The burglars also pried open a drawer containing jewellery items worth RM20,000 before escaping.
Zainol said both cases were being investigated under Section 395 and 397 of the Penal Code for gang and armed robbery.