KUCHING: The recent spate of bold armed robberies and burglaries involving criminal gangs from a neighbouring country is posing a new threat to Sarawak’s peace and security.
State police commissioner Datuk Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said police had established that the suspects’ modus operandi included local criminals who were well informed about their targets.
“Armed gang robberies mostly involve a neighbouring country’s nationals and they are quicker and bold enough to face their victims,” he said during a dialogue session with the 1Malaysia Zamalah Young Reporters here yesterday.
He said police were monitoring these gangs who went back and forth after each criminal activity.
Acryl informed that the main targets of the criminals were luxury homes containing a lot of cash and expensive decorative items, owned by businessmen.
In the latest case, seven masked robbers armed with a shotgun and machetes broke into a house in Jalan Matang on Wednesday and tied up all six members of a family before making off with more than RM12,000 in cash and valuables such as mobile phones and passports.
He added that police would continue the Ops Cantas Kenyalang, launched in 2007, to combat gangsterism in the state, particularly in major towns such as Sibu and Miri.
The crime rate in the state was reduced by 5.7% last year, he said. — Bernama