|Assistant Commissioner of Police Wan Abdul Bari Wan Abdul Khalid with some of the stolen items recovered yesterday. Pic by Abdullah Yusof|
Brickfields police chief Assistant Commissioner of Police Wan Abdul Bari Wan Abdul Khalid said the 21-year-old suspect was detained on Dec 2 at a petrol station in Taman Seri Sentosa.
He led police to his home in Pangsapuri KTMB in Bangsar, where they found 99 stolen items, including a Perodua Myvi and computers, keys, handphones, photo albums and wedding gowns.
"He is believed to have been in cahoots with two other men who are still at large," said Bari. The gang, believed to have been active since May, had also burglarised a police inspector's home in Bukit Persekutuan in June.
The 36-year-old officer attached to Bukit Aman lost his Toyota Altis, among other things. Bukit Persekutuan, which houses several government quarters, and the neighbouring area have been subject to a high number of burglaries.
A task force, which was set up to investigate the break-ins, made a breakthrough on Nov 28 with the arrest of a 36-year-old middleman in Semenyih, who was found with the Toyota Altis.
"We are now not only interested in arresting burglars and snatch thieves, but also middlemen who knowingly buy stolen items and sell them off quickly."
This led to the arrests of two other middlemen, aged 29 and 48. Both men were involved in selling off stolen loot like cars and jewellery, which they purchased from the burglars, to unsuspecting customers.
Meanwhile, in another case, police seized 146,272 pirated game DVDs worth RM500,000 at a building in Jalan Klang Lama on Monday. Police burst into the fifth floor of the building and detained four men and a woman, including four Myanmar.
"They are not the main players in the syndicate. We believe they were just involved in packaging the goods."
Earlier, Bari paid tribute to one of his men who died in the line of duty last month. Sergeant Md Nor Shukor, 57, was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Jalan Syed Putra on Nov 22 while on his way to the district police headquarters after his rounds.
It was believed that his motorcycle was rammed from behind, throwing him off his vehicle. He died on the spot and his body was later discovered by a member of the public at 6.30am.
Bari said the force had lost an exemplary member in Nor, and added that it was sad to lose an experienced colleague who had served for 34 years. A representative from the Public Service Department then handed over a cheque for Nor's pension to his widow Noryati Yaakob.
Noryati said losing her husband had left a hole in her life. Nor is survived by three children and two grandchildren. The youngest son, Syazli, 27, said his father was strict but also loving.
"I miss him very much," he said.
Colleagues remember Nor as being passionate about his job and an easy-going person. - NST