GEORGE TOWN: A 61-year-old Datuk lost some RM600,000 worth of jewellery, branded watches, mobile phones and foreign currency notes when thieves broke into his Tanjung Bungah house.
Three masked men, believed to be Indonesians and armed with knives used a cooking gas cylinder to break down the door of the Datuk’s room before tying up the man and his wife.
Two of the Datuk’s daughters were asleep in the house and fearing for his family’s safety, the man opened the safe in his room as instructed by the robbers.
The robbers then ransacked the house and escaped with foreign currency notes worth about RM20,000, three Rolex watches, three Tag Heuer watches, rings with precious stones, necklaces and some other jewellery, two mobile phones and several branded bags.
The house was equipped with closed-circuit television and the victims were unharmed in the 2.45am incident yesterday.
George Town OCPD Asst Comm Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said the robbers were from the same gang that robbed a Dutch couple at their house in Batu Ferringhi on Saturday.
“This is the third case where the gang has struck in Batu Ferringhi and Tanjung Bungah.”
The cases are being investigated under Section 395/397 of the Penal Code for armed robbery.