Malaysian police cripple burglary ring targeting luxury condominiums

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Penang police have crippled a burglary syndicate that was involved in many break-ins at condominiums throughout the country with the arrest of a couple.

GEORGE TOWN (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - For more than two years, a husband and wife team would rent units at luxury condominiums around Malaysia.

The duo and three other gang members would later break into adjacent units, using a stun gun to attack their victims.

Police have caught up with the couple who was from Perak, recovering nearly RM300,000 (S$101,000) in stolen luxury items including watches, cash and collectible coins.

The gang was believed to have been involved in over 70 burglaries, including 20 in Penang state, said Penang police chief Commissioner A. Thaiveegan.

He told the media on Thursday (Feb 8) that the breakthrough was achieved when they picked up a husband and wife, aged 38 and 35 respectively, in a house in Klang, Selangor, on Saturday.

"We found jewellery, cash including foreign currency, watches, handbags, commemorative coins, passports, a multi-purpose vehicle and other luxury items worth about RM300,000 during the raid," Datuk Thaiveegan said at the state police contingent headquarters.

He said the man had a criminal record for six cases involving drugs and break-ins.

"We are looking for three other members of the syndicate,'' he added.

Mr Thaiveegan said the syndicate was believed to have been active from 2015, with the burglary haul estimated at about RM1 million.

"They would find a place to rent at the condos before breaking into adjacent units using a stun gun to attack their victims.

"They moved from place to place to avoid detection," Mr Thaiveegan said.

The two suspects have been remanded to help in investigations.

George Town police chief Anuar Omar said the suspects were on the police radar after they broke into a condominium unit owned by a Malaysian-Japanese couple in Jelutong, Penang, on Jan 30.

"We followed them all the way to Klang before their arrest," he said.

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