Gem thieves look like foreigners: Police

KAJANG - The burglars who broke into a store at a shopping mall in Bandar Utama and carted away RM10mil worth of jewellery are beli­eved to be a group of professionals from Latin America.

Police said images of the burglars caught on CCTV showed that they were not locals.

Selangor deputy police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Abdul Rahim Jaafar said the four thieves looked like Latin Americans.

"They entered the shop, which had been closed for the holiday season, on Sunday night.

"There was an hour-long blackout at the mall around 8pm. We now believe it could have been caused by the thieves to circumvent the alarm system to gain entry into the shop," he told a press conference at Kajang police headquarters yesterday.

He said that once inside, the thieves were able to bypass the store's motion sensor and remove CCTV cameras.

"It is possible that they had help from the inside and we are looking into it," he said.

DCP Abdul Rahim said police had sent descriptions of the suspects to all airports in the country.

He also clarified that the jewellery stolen was worth around RM10mil, instead of RM1mil as reported.

"We are still working to confirm the valuation through the store's inventory and records," he said.

The store's manager, who identified himself only as Mr Lok, said the thieves had carted away about 90% of the jewellery in the store.

"The jewellery was kept in three safe boxes, all of which were broken into by the thieves, in rooms at the back of the store," he said.