Spate of robberies, break-ins, rattles 4 cities in Peninsula

Bernama

BUTTERWORTH: Three men, armed with hammers and a pistol, struck at a goldsmith shop in Taman Chai Leng here yesterday, and escaped with jewellery worth about RM60,000.

Seberang Perai Tengah District police chief ACP Nik Ros Azhan Nik Abdul Hamid said the trio, who arrived on two Honda EX-5 motorcycles, stormed into the premises at about 11.45am.

“One of them pointed the pistol at the employees, while the other two smashed the display glass using hammers, before escaping with five trays of jewellery,” he said.

Meanwhile, in George Town, an electrical shop owner lost cash, jewellery and watches valued at RM100,000 after four men, armed with machetes, broke into his house in Asia Hill, Gelugor here, early yesterday.

Northeast District police chief ACP Mior Faridalatrash Wahid said the victim and his son were bound up by the robbers, believed to be Indonesians, while his wife was told to retrieve the valuables, which were kept in a safe.

In Johor Baru, police detained a 22-year-old Indonesian man for allegedly breaking into a house in Kampung Parit Madirono, Benut, in Pontian yesterday.

Pontian District police chief Supt Zakaria Abd Rahman said the incident occurred at 7.45pm when the owner, aged 50, heard the living room window being smashed, before he saw the suspect trying to flee the scene.

He said the suspect was apprehended by villagers at a nearby oil palm plantation, before being handed to the police.

In Alor Star, an attempt by a man to break into a house in Taman Angsana, Pokok Sena here, yesterday, was foiled when he ended up being beaten up by the owner.

Kota Setar District police chief ACP Mohd Rozi Jidin said the suspect, aged 21, had earlier trespassed into the house, but the 32-year-old owner only realised the fact at about 11pm.

“The owner exited the house and shouted at the same time, causing the suspect to escape. However, the tresspasser failed in his bid, as he got beaten up by the owner and had his motorcycle torched,” he said. -- BERNAMA