MALACCA - A gang of armed intruders is believed to be robbing people and then forcing them to pose nude.
The "rob and strip" modus operandi was seen in four police reports lodged here since May 15. The armed robbers, who wore masks, would break into homes in the early hours of the morning when the occupants were getting ready to go to work or school.
They would tie up the victims and after ransacking the place for valuables, they would force the man of the house to strip so that they could take pictures of him.
Malacca deputy CID chief Supt P.R. Gunarajan said police have clues about the identity of the gang members.
"We know who they are and we are working closely with our counterparts in neighbouring states to track them down," he added.
It is believed that the robbers are remnants of a notorious armed gang that was busted by Malacca police several years ago after a series of break-ins at the homes of businessmen and politicians.
Four of those gang members are believed to have revived their criminal activities, becoming bolder this time by getting their victims to bare all before taking pictures of them. They would then threaten the victims, saying the naked pictures would be circulated on the Internet if they lodged police reports over the robbery.
On May 15, a 31-year-old housewife from Kampung Lapan lodged a report, saying that her husband was photographed naked by the robbers before fleeing with valuables, including antiques, worth about RM30,000 (S$11,732).
Another victim, a 42-year-old businessman, pleaded with the robbers to spare him from posing nude when his home was broken into on May 16. However, the robbers ignored his appeals and took pictures of him in the nude on a mobile phone before escaping with loot worth almost RM20,000 (S$7,822).
The gang is also believed to be responsible for several robberies in Negri Sembilan and Johor.