Robbery and Break In during daylight
July 11, 2010, Sunday Burglars lift off automatic gate of house KOTA KINABALU: A family was robbed of their belongings in a burglary at Taman Hilltop, Lintas here yesterday.
It was believed the burglars had entered the double-storey house by lifting off the automatic gate and ripped open the window grill. Soh, 58, when met, said he and his family were not at home when the incident happened around noon.
“My son came back with a friend and discovered that the gate had been lifted off,” he said. He was unable to confirm his losses but said the burglars took away two vintage decorative bottles of liquor, a digital camera and a few handbags belonging to his wife. Soh said this was the first break-in after staying in the house for almost 20 years.
“There were several cases of petty thefts when thieves would climb into the house compound and steal our shoes,” he said, adding that he usually checked around the house when the dog started barking.
The neighbours were also away when the burglary happened. A team of police arrived shortly to carry out investigation. This was the second burglary case reported in the city.
On Friday, a contractor lost RM15,000 after burglars broke into his double-storey house at Taman Maya at Sri Kepayan.
It was learnt that the owner in his 50s was not at home when the burglars broke into the house between 5am and 6am. His wife and children were overseas. A neighbour who saw the car’s emergency signals on, sensed that something was not right and immediately contacted the police who rushed to the scene. However, the suspects had already fled the house before police arrived. Acting city police chief superintendent Rowell Marong said the burglars entered the house compound by cutting the fencing.
It was believed that the suspects had used a master key to open the metal grill before using a hammer to open the main wooden door. They then ransacked the house before escaping with a laptop and a camera.
The burglars brought their own tools and had also destroyed six CCTVs installed outside the house before turning off the CCTV recorder. Meanwhile, the owner said that the suspects had tried to steal his Ninja King Cygnus V8 car but failed.
“They broke the dashboard and tried to start the engine but they couldn’t because I have installed password for security purpose. According to neighbours, they had seen the suspects coming in two cars. Rowell believed the burglars were also connected to the recent house and car breaking case at Golden Hill Garden in Jalan Pintas.