Man arrested for burgling 21 homes in Kedah blames wife

KUALA NERANG: A man believed to be involved in burglary activities in the Padang Terap district was arrested at a house in Felda Lubuk Merbau on May 31.

His victims are said to have incurred financial losses totalling RM40,000.

Padang Terap police chief DSP Mulkiaman Manzar said the 31-year-old suspect was detained at 12.30am by a team of police officers from the Criminal Investigation Department of the Padang Terap district police headquarters.

He said the suspect, originally from Sik, confessed to being involved in 21 burglary cases in the district in order to fulfil his wife’s desire for a holiday as well as to pay off credit financing scheme debts, reported Bernama.

“The suspect acted alone, committing the crimes around the Felda Lubuk Merbau and Naka areas nearby, and he also broke into vehicles at parking lots and houses to steal valuables,” he said during a press conference here yesterday.

DSP Mulkiaman added that police also detained the suspect’s 30-year-old wife at their home on June 3 to assist in the investigation.

According to him, police found various tools at the suspect’s house that were believed to have been used by him to commit the crimes, as well as bolt cutters, gloves and a car.

“The case is being investigated under Sections 457, 448 and 379 of the Penal Code.

“The suspect has been remanded from May 31 until tomorrow, while his wife was released on police bail on June 7,” he said.

DSP Mulkiaman said the investigation had also led to the arrest of another man in his 40s and the recovery of several items believed to have been stolen by the suspect, such as gas cylinders, electrical appliances and mobile phones.

However, the man was released on police bail after his statement was recorded.

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