Published: Wednesday February 6, 2013 MYT 6:56:00 PM
Colombian burglary suspect nabbed
By AUSTIN CAMOENS
SHAH ALAM: A Colombian man believed to be part of a house burglary syndicate that has been active here the past year was arrested on Monday.
Shah Alam OCPD Asst Comm Zahedi Ayub said a police task force tracked down and monitored the 25-year-old man following a break-in at a bungalow along Jalan Serum 7/31, Section 7 here on Dec 1 last year.
"The homeowner reported losing jewellery, wrist watches and cash amounting to about RM10,000," he told a press conference here Wednesday.
The gang is believed to have broken into 10 houses, stealing thousands of ringgit worth of jewellery, cash and other valuables.
Police arrested the man at around 6.45am on Monday at the parking lot of a condominium in Taman Desa.
The man, who is now in remand, then led the police to a unit there, where they found some house break-in tools, jewellery and other valuables.
Police believed the man had entered the country legally, on a social pass.
ACP Zahedi said since last year, Shah Alam police have arrested 17 Latin Americans for their involvement in house break-in activity.
"The cases they were involved in included the theft of about RM100,000 worth of cash, jewellery and valuables from a house in Bukit Jelutong Oct 24 last year.
"These suspects were also believed to have broken into a house in Section 8 here on May 3 last year and stolen about RM100,000 worth of jewellery, valuables and cash," he said.
ACP Zahedi said nine of the men have been charged and police believed there were more of them still at large.
He urged residents who noticed any Latin American men moving into their neighbourhoods to immediately notify the police.
"We will do our checks to verify if they are tourists or criminals,” he said, and urged anyone with information to contact the Shah Alam police headquarters at 03-5520 2022 or the Selangor police hotline at 03-2052 9999.