A man who was actively involved in housebreaking activities around Tapah, Ipoh and Sungai Siput was among the three arrested to assist in the investigation of a house-breaking case at Taman Bidor Botani in Bidor, last Tuesday.

The 38-year-old man and two other 23-year-olds were arrested by a group of officers and members of the Criminal Investigation Division, Tapah District Police Headquarters (IPD) at a house in Taman Bersatu, Bidor at 2.50pm on Thursday.

Police Chief Superintendent Wan Azharuddin Wan Ismail said in an incident on Tuesday, a 60-year-old man lodged a police report that his house was broken into with some valuables stolen.

He said based on information and intelligence, he managed to arrest all the suspects and confiscated some of the items suspected to be stolen in the incident.

“Some items were hijacked including a Proton Iriz car, a bag for carrying drugs and drug smuggling equipment, a barrel of gas, seven bottles of alcoholic drinks with different brand names, two laptops, watches, and coins.

“The investigation into the three suspects claimed to have a home-breaking crime case in Tapah area, in Ipoh four cases and in Sungai Siput with two cases,” he said at a press conference at Tapah IPD here today.

According to him, the 38-year-old was suspected to be the main culprit of a house-breaking incident with further investigation being carried out to identify the involvement of two other suspects in the crime.

According to the inspection, the 38-year-old man had 10 criminal records on house break-ins while two other men had previous record of drug-related cases.

“The investigation into the 38-year-old suspect who was wanted for some cases in Simpang Pulai, Simpang Empat, and Gopeng claimed to be doing housebreaking with a friend who had been arrested in Ipoh.

“The modus operandi of the suspect is to target houses that were temporarily left vacant for them to carry out their criminal activities,” he said.

He added that all the suspects were remanded for seven days until Thursday for investigations under Section 457 of the Penal Code.

Source: Utusan Malaysia