MELAKA: Melaka police have crippled an inter-state burglary syndicate with the arrests of two men in Selangor, one of whom has been high on the police's wanted list since 1997.
Melaka Tengah OCPD Asst Comm Christopher Patit said the first arrest was made by a special team from here at a house in Puchong on April 1 and the subsequent arrest was made in Petaling Jaya on Monday (April 3).
He said two suspects were aged 33 and 40.
Other items, believed to be the loot, a car and various equipment used to break into houses were also seized.
"The 40-year-old suspect had 33 criminal cases in the past 26 years, including one for drugs," he said on Tuesday (April 4).
ACP Christopher Patit said the duo were suspected to be involved in crimes in Johor and other states.
He said his men started tracking the suspects following a police report lodged about a burglary in Taman Gadong Perdana here on March 30.
ACP Christopher Patit said police believe they have solved five housebreaking cases in Melaka Tengah district with the arrest of the duo.
He added that the suspects have been brought back to Melaka to assist investigations under Section 457 of the Penal Code for breaking into a house to commit burglary, which provides up to 14 years' jail up, a fine, or whipping, upon conviction.