Burglary Suspects Target Houses Without CCTV Cameras, Guards

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KUALA LUMPUR -- The four members of ‘Ah Haw’ gang who were detained for their alleged involvement in house break-ins around Taman Sri Rampai here last Monday, had targeted properties without closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras and security guards.

Kuala Lumpur police chief Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim said the men, aged between 31 and 42, would normally commit the crime at dusk by prowling around neighbourhood areas beforehand.

Prior to the arrest, Mazlan said police received a tip-off on a suspicious-looking white Proton Saga in Taman Sri Rampai on that day.

He said the police tried to stop the vehicle but it sped off and grazed three cars at the Setiawangsa entrance of the Duta-Ulu Klang Expressway (DUKE).

“In their attempt to evade the police, the driver even tried to knock down one of the policemen. Subsequently, the police had to fire two shots at the car in self-defence which hit the left rear tyre,” he told a press conference at the Kuala Lumpur police contingent headquarters here today.

Mazlan said despite the shots, the driver continued driving on the highway in an aggressive manner against the traffic flow towards the the Middle Ring-Road 2 (MRR2) before colliding with a Proton Waja car, which caused the suspect’s vehicle to crash.

“As a result of the collision, all the suspects had escaped on foot but were later apprehended at Duke (near) Setiawangsa,” he said, adding that the Proton Waja driver had suffered from minor injuries.

Mazlan said investigation revealed that the gang has many accomplices who had been detained by the police in 2016 and 2017 for alleged involvement in 35 house break-ins in the Klang Valley.

“The group had been targeting on jewellery and cash. Upon inspection, police found house burglary tools and drug paraphernalia in the car,” he said.

Mazlan said all the suspects, who tested positive for drugs, were being remanded for a week until Monday to facilitate the investigations under Section 307 of the Penal Code and Section 28(i) of the Minor Offences Act 1955.