MELAKA: Nine people linked to 20 cases of break-ins at houses of worship in Melaka since last year have been arrested.
The eight men and a woman, aged between 19 and 32, were picked up at about 4pm near Batu Berendam and Malim on Friday. The latest case occurred on Friday at the Laong San Temple in Jalan Rembia Lendu, Alor Gajah.
Melaka Tengah police chief Asst Comm Afzanizar Ahmad said the gang’s modus operandi was to break into houses of worship before escaping with public donations.
He said the management of most of the houses of worship were unable to verify the actual amount or estimate the losses since the public usually put cash into donation boxes.
“Following the break-in at the Laong San Temple, the police made the arrests within 24 hours. The first arrest involved a man and a woman in Batu Berendam while the rest were detained in stages,” he said in a statement yesterday. — Bernama
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