Three Indonesian men sought over six robberies in Padawan

Goh Pei Pei

KUCHING: Police are looking for three more Indonesian men to facilitate investigation into a series of armed robberies in Padawan this year.

Sarawak Crime Investigations Department chief Datuk Dev Kumar said the group of four were believed to be involved in six robbery cases, thus far, with the latest on Saturday morning.

One of them, aged 29, was nabbed after a car chase near the border on the same day.

Dev said in the 3am incident, four masked men, armed with machetes, broke into a double-storey terrace house along Batu Kawa-Tondong road.

They tied up the houseowner and his wife before ransacking the house. The robbers then fled with the couple's Perodua Myvi and mobile phones.

"About 4.30am, a police team patrolling the Raso, Lundu area spotted a black Myvi entering a plantation dirt road leading to the Indonesian border.

"Feeling suspicious, the team gave chase. About one kilometre from the border, the Myvi stopped and three people were spotted running out of the vehicle," he said.

The team managed to nabbed one of the suspects who hailed from Entikong, Indonesia.

Dev said police have also identified the fourth suspect, who is believed to be an Indonesian.

"We have raided their hideout but couldn't locate them, thus, we believe all of them have crossed the border," he added.

Among the items found in the stolen vehicle were three machetes, two laptops, a tablet, eight mobile phones, two wristwatches and a pair of gloves.