Sniffing for clues: Police officers using a guard dog to investigate the crime scene at the jewellery store in Bandar Utama.
PETALING JAYA: Gems worth at least RM1mil were stolen from a jewellery store at a shopping mall in Bandar Utama here during the Chinese New Year break.
The incident occurred when the workers were on leave for the festive season.
They returned from their holiday yesterday only to find that the safe boxes had been prised open and the gems were missing.
Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Arjunaidi Mohamed said the store manager, who was not named, called police at 10.40am.
“Following standard operating procedures, the store employees had deposited the jewellery into safe boxes at the end of their work shift on Jan 29,” ACP Arjunaidi said.
“They kept these safe boxes in rooms located at the back of the store before leaving for their Chinese New Year holiday,” he said.
According to ACP Arjunaidi, the staff noticed the theft when they were setting up the store for business.
“We believe that the culprits had entered the premises through the back door as there were signs of forced entry,” he said.
“They might have used oxy-acetylene torches to cut open the safe deposit boxes,” ACP Arjunaidi said.
He added that police were also investigating why the incident did not set off any of the store’s security alarms.
Meanwhile, Santa Singh, the mall’s operations safety and security manager, said that security guards were required to monitor movements around the building at all times.
“I believe that this was a well-planned crime,” he said.
“We are giving the police our full cooperation to get to the bottom of this,” he added.