Malaysian police hot on the trail of international jewel thieves

Malaysian police hot on the trail of international jewel thieves

KUALA LUMPUR - Police are hot on the trail of the two Taiwanese thieves who made off with two rings worth RM1.4mil (S$550,000) from two jewellery stores within an hour.

Dang Wangi OCPD Senior Asst Comm Zainuddin Ahmad said the two men are believed to still be in the country.

"We have alerted law enforcement at all land, sea and air exit points. If they try to leave the country, we will catch them," he said when contacted yesterday.

On Thursday, the men allegedly stole a RM1.28mil diamond ring from a boutique in a Bukit Bintang mall at 11.30am. Later, they visited a jewellery store in a posh hotel about a kilometre away and nicked a RM280,000 emerald ring.

They are internationally wanted jewel thieves who are believed to have stolen jewellery worth RM697,601 in two heists in London and Antwerp last year.

Their photographs had been circulated to European jewellers since July.

The leader of the two is known as Meng, 46. He usually works with different male accomplices.

As hired professionals, they would steal for a syndicate that sells the jewellery in China and Russia.

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