Eight held as police bust break-in gangs
by Alen Kee. Posted on July 31, 2012, Tuesday
TAWAU: Police here have crippled two housebreaking and theft syndicates, and solved 30 cases with the detention of eight suspects, including a woman.
District police chief ACP Ibrahim Chin in a press conference yesterday said the first group was known as the ‘Herman’ group and five members aged between 24 to 37 were caught following a raid on a premises at Jalan Baru in town on July 23, a day after they broke into a salon in town.
The second group is known as ‘Ah Kiong’ and three members aged 26 to 32, including the woman, were detained on July 24.
He said the ‘Herman’ group was a mix of locals and foreigners, while the ‘Ah Kiong’ group comprised of locals, and both groups are believed to be active in the district since February.
The groups’ modus operandi was to break into a house when the owners were not in.
“The ‘Herman’ group has confessed to fifteen cases and the police believe the Ah Kiong group has committed housebreaking in the district,” he said.
Ibrahim said the police had recovered 39 items from the two groups such as salon’s items, fans, televisions, radios, electrical appliances and women handbags.
He urged victims of house breaking and thefts to come to help in the investigation by identifying their stolen items at the police station.