Burglars crack Kedah shopping centre safe and flee with $79,856

SUNGAI PETANI, Malaysia - Burglars cracked the safe in the cashier's room of a shopping centre here and cleaned out RM250,000 (S$79,856) inside.

They also took away the security cameras' recorder, cut the cables to the alarm system and CCTVs and left behind a pair of gloves, a rope and the angle grinder believed to be used to make a hole of about 30cm by 30cm on the safe.

Kuala Muda Deputy OCPD Supt Saifi Abdul Hamid said a 61-year-old executive of the shopping centre was told of the break-in by another employee at about 10am yesterday.

"The executive rushed to the office, to find everything scattered and the cupboard ransacked.

"The rope was found hanging off a first floor window. We believe the burglars made entry through there," he said in statement.

Including the damage to the safe and security system, Supt Saifi said the loss was estimated to be about RM300,000.

He said that the shopping centre was watched over at night by a security guard, who said that he did not hear or see anything suspicious.

The case is being investigated under Section 457 of the Penal Code for housebreaking and theft.