Penang police bust RM1m burglary ring, hunt three more suspects

By Opalyn Mok
Penang CPO Datuk A. Thaiveegan showing the seized items from the latest bust during a press conference at the Penang Police Contingent, February 7, 2018. — Picture by Sayuti Zainudin

GEORGE TOWN, Feb 8 — Penang police believe they have busted a burglary ring involved in several cases amounting to RM1 million worth of losses in Penang with the arrest of a couple.

Penang police chief Datuk A. Thaiveegan said the husband and wife, aged 38 and 35, who are believed to be part of a syndicate, were arrested in Klang, Selangor last Saturday.

He said the syndicate, including three suspects still at large, is believed to be involved in more than 70 house break-in cases nationwide.

“We believe the syndicate has been in operations for the past two years with about 20 of the cases in Penang,” he said at a press conference today.

Thaiveegan said the syndicate is a “professional” group that targets only luxury condominiums including units occupied by expatriates.

Police also seized RM300,000 worth of jewellery, cash of various currencies and other equipment used in their house break-in activities following the arrest.

“We have also seized a luxury MPV used by the couple involved in these cases,” he said.

He said the man has previous records for burglary while his wife is believed to have helped her husband in the recent cases.

According to Northeast district police chief Assistant Commissioner Anuar Omar, the modus operandi of the couple was to rent a condominium unit next to their target.

“They will monitor the movements of their target before choosing the right moment to break into the unit,” he said.

He said the most recent case reported was a break-in on January 31 at the residence of a Japanese couple in a condominium in Bukit Gelugor.

He said the two suspects will be remanded until tomorrow but the police will apply for the remand to be extended for another two weeks.