Robber in Malaysia who stole bits and pieces over two weeks arrested

PHOTO: The Star/Asia News Network

KUALA LUMPUR - He had seemingly stumbled into the mother-lode: a house whose owner was abroad.

Starting slowly, he would periodically break into the house to steal anything and everything he could carry on his motorcycle.

He did this for around two weeks, making a profit by selling the stolen goods as scrap.

Among the many items he carried away on his motorcycle was an exercise bike, which he dissembled into pieces.

When the 68-year-old house owner returned after a trip back to his home country of New Zealand, he realised his house had been ransacked. He lodged a police report on Aug 1.

Police estimate the value of stolen goods at around RM320,000 (S$105,185).

"Police forensics investigated the scene and a suspect was identified. He was traced down on Aug 6 as he was making his way home near the Pantai Baru PPR (people's housing project)..

"He then brought the police to where he had kept what was left of the stolen goods, worth RM140, 000.

"We are in the midst of tracking down the remaining stolen goods, " acting Kuala Lumpur police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Roslan Bek Ahmad told a press conference at the contingent headquarters here Thursday (Aug 8).

It is believed that while the victim had installed alarms and CCTV cameras, none were operational.

DCP Roslan added that the suspect had a criminal record for six burglary and drug related offences.

He also advised the public to take precautionary steps to prevent crimes like this.

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