KUALA LUMPUR: A “wallet blunder” by one of the suspects involved in the robbery and murder of a former researcher in his house in Bangsar here has led to the arrests of 10 people.
The suspect had thrown away the wallet belonging to the deceased at another crime scene.
The wallet containing an identification card belonging to the victim was located by the police at a second crime scene after they responded to another house break-in incident in Titiwangsa on Sunday.
The successful arrests of the suspects were also made easier when the two suspects who committed the two robberies did not use face masks.
Kuala Lumpur police chief Comm Datuk Saiful Azly Kamaruddin said family members at the house in Titiwangsa were tied up during the second robbery at 5.15am.
“The robbers were believed to have entered via a window which was pried open. Losses were estimated to be around RM38,000, ” he told a press conference at the police contingent headquarters here yesterday.
The victims in the Titiwangsa robbery and the wife of the deceased in the Bangsar case later managed to identify the robbers through a police photofit sketch.
He said the two robbers were believed to be responsible for both robberies, while the other eight suspects had links to the cases.
Comm Saiful Azly said that the police were still hunting down one more suspect.
He added the suspects, aged between 20 and 29 years, have been remanded for seven days, while the police are still looking for the weapon used in the murder.
Stolen items were also seized by the police at various locations after the arrests were made at a condominium in Jalan Sultan Ismail.
He added that the eight suspects, who were doing odd jobs, had previous criminal records.
On Sunday, a former researcher of the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (Mardi), Dr Wan Hassan Wan Embong (pic), 73, was slashed with a parang when he tried to put up a fight against the burglars, who broke in through the kitchen window of his double-storey bungalow in Bukit Bandaraya.
His wife, Sarifah Yusof, 70, had slash wounds on the right hand.
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