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Saturday August 24, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Saturday August 24, 2013 MYT 7:57:15 AM
by priya menon
WHEN Shamir Rajadurai saw an old man knocking on his neighbour’s gate, he thought it was an elderly relative until he realised the man resembled the infamous “Uncle Burglar”, who is suspected of several break-ins in Section 14, Petaling Jaya.
Shamir had heard someone rattling the lock on his neighbour’s gate about 12.30pm on Aug 12 and went to check.
“At first, I thought he was a relative but I got suspicious watching his behaviour,” said the 27-year-old self-defence specialist.
He said the burglar was known to strike between noon and 5pm when everyone was at work.
Shamir said the man then walked back and lit a cigarette before looking into the house again.
Shamir quickly went to get his camera so that he could take a photo of the man.
However, the man walked back to his car, a dark blue sedan with spoiler at the back.
Shamir immediately noted down the car registration number.
According to Shamir, there were three break-ins previously and one person had
spotted an old man who looked similar to the one he saw.
The thief is said to usually take the lock with him.
“I did not see any weapon on him or even a bag. I think it was in the car. I heard he takes valuables but leaves behind electronic gadgets, probably because he doesn’t know how to use them,” said Shamir.
He added that no one would suspect the man as he looked like an unassuming senior citizen wearing Bermuda shorts and a shirt.
Shamir’s neighbours later confirmed that they did not know anyone who fit the description.
They immediately alerted the police, who are searching for “Uncle Burglar.”
Sea Park police station head Chief Inspector Gunam Resul Gulam said all officers on patrol had been alerted.
However, police do not have a photo of the suspect.
“We are definitely looking for him,’’ he said.
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