SHAH ALAM - They claimed to be from Panama, Spain and Guatemala and do not speak English.
The passports of the four men, aged between 25 and 43, who were picked up together with three other Latin Americans over cases of break-ins in the Klang Valley, showed that they had overstayed their travel visa while another had no stamps from the Immigration Department at all.
Police are perplexed as to how the man entered Malaysia, questioning if he had obtained the passport through a syndicate or there was something fraudulent involved.
"It is quite mysterious and we will have to work with Immigration on it," said OCPD Asst Comm Azisman Alias.
He said the suspects were also being "very difficult", adding: "They claim they do not understand English. We doubt it though. How can you come all the way to a foreign country and not know a language like English?
"We are working on getting a translator to speak with them," he said.
Police have busted the Latin American gang of house burglars, believed to be responsible for dozens of break-ins around the Klang Valley.
This was after two raids in houses in Subang Avenue and US 19, where Shah Alam police nabbed the seven and recovered the stolen goods worth RM200,000 (S$78,00).
Among them were smartphones, tablets, virtual reality glasses, designer bags, flat screen televisions, laptops, watches, foreign currencies and a collection of limited edition commemorative coins.
ACP Azisman said police had been tracking the gang for about two weeks and estimated that they had broken into over 15 homes in affluent areas in Shah Alam.