MELAKA: Diligent work by police in Melaka has proved fruitful with the arrest of a notorious burglar nicknamed Koyappalam (Tamil for guava) here.
Melaka CID chief Asst Comm Mohd Nor Yhazid said Koyappalam and his accomplices caused misery to many newlyweds in Negri Sembilan and Melaka since the beginning of this year as he used to target families who were out of the house to attend weddings.
The suspect's name was not revealed as the case is still under investigation.
"Crippling the burglary team was major success for Melaka police for this year. Koyapallam was the mastermind," he said when contacted here on Friday (July 12).
He said it was not easy for the Melaka CID team led by Asst Supt A.Balan Annamalai to track the 40-year-old suspect.
The Star was told that he had informers who kept track of Indian wedding ceremonies taking place at Tampin, Gemencheh in Negri Sembilan and Melaka.
The informers would tell him when families of newlyweds leave their homes to attend dinner receptions after wedding rituals at temples.
The gang would then strike at the empty houses and steal monetary wedding gifts and jewellery.
It took two months of undercover work for Melaka police to detain Koyappalam, who left no clues after committing the burglaries.
He said Koyappalam, a lorry driver, operated alone and is suspected in 30 break-ins involving losses of about RM900,000.
On Thursday, Melaka police held a press conference announcing that eight men, suspected to be Koyapallam's informants aged between 24 and 54 were detained in separate raids here over the past few days.
They are being probed under Section 457 of the Penal Code for house-trespass or housebreaking, which provides for a sentence of up to five years and a fine upon conviction.