KUALA LUMPUR - Posing as visitors or technicians, the two men go past security guards at apartment blocks and office buildings before they break-in and steal valuables.
However, one of them did not get past the police.
Brickfields OCPD Asst Comm Azlee Abdullah said a 37-year-old man was detained during a raid at his rented apartment in Taman Bukit Mandarina, Cheras, at 1.45pm on March 12.
Police seized 175 stolen items, including jewellery, television, laptops, handphones and watches worth an estimated RM500,000 (S$188,192), he said.
"Also confiscated were tools used by the burglars to commit their crimes," ACP Azlee said.
The man, he said, was believed to have been active for the past three years, working with an accomplice.
"They are opportunists. They would go around and find random targets.
"Once they have found one, they would register themselves as visitors or technical personnel to get past security," ACP Azlee said at the Brickfields police headquarters here yesterday.
"They would sell the stolen items to shops around the Klang Valley."
Checks by the police, said ACP Azlee, revealed that the man had 12 criminal records for various offences.
"He also tested positive for drugs," he said, adding that with the man's arrest police had solved 14 break-in cases around the city.
ACP Azlee said police were looking for the accomplice.