DURING the day time, they were butchers handling poultry at a market in Mak Mandin, Butterworth.
At night, the burglary gang of four Vietnamese men would go around the area and look for their targets.
On Wednesday, police arrested two of them who tried to flee on foot in Taman Teratai Indah, Butterworth, during an operation codenamed Ops Tebuk.
They were spotted behaving suspiciously while travelling in a car along Jalan Raja Uda earlier.
With the arrest of the two aged 33 and 38, police believed they had solved at least six break-in cases in Mak Mandin and Seberang Jaya with losses amounting between RM700,000 and RM800,000.
North Seberang Prai OCPD Asst Comm Noorzainy Mohd Noor said they are now looking for two other accomplices who are still at large.
He said initial investigation showed that the gang members had been active for the last six months. They have been in the country for three years.
“They broke into a gold processing centre in Mak Mandin and carted away raw gold worth RM600,000.
“They also broke into supermarkets, a flour factory, a hardware shop and looted the cash kept in the safes, ” he said during a press conference at the North Seberang Prai district police headquarters in Kepala Batas yesterday.
ACP Noorzainy said the suspects were using false passports, adding that they would arm themselves with long weapons whenever they struck.
“Investigation also showed that the suspects had sent all the stolen money to their hometown in Vietnam, ” he said, adding that the suspects had since been remanded until July 28 to assist investigation.
ACP Noorzainy said police also recovered house break-in equipment like grinders, hammers, drills, cutters, gloves, torch lights, pliers, cable cutters, spanners, face masks and others during a raid on the suspects’ house in Taman Teraitai Indah.
The case is being investigated under Section 457 of the Penal Code for burglary.
The police are looking for two Vietnamese men - Bui Van Manh and Nguyen Van Cong - in their 30s to assist in the investigation.
Those with their information can call the nearest police station.
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