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Burglars caught after using victim's credit cards
KUALA LUMPUR: A gang of burglars pulled off at least 10 house break-ins and vehicle thefts in the Setiawangsa area as they took advantage of the recent festive season which saw thousands returning to their hometowns.
The burglars used stolen credit cards to purchase electrical items and petrol, which proved to be their downfall as their vehicle registration plate was captured by a closed-circuit television video at a petrol station.
Sentul police chief Assistant Commissioner Zakaria Pagan said the vehicle, a Perodua Kenari, was spotted in Damansara Damai on Tuesday. Police stopped the vehicle and arrested a 26-year-old man.
“A team later raided an apartment unit in the area and arrested a couple, aged 39 and 25. Police seized various items which are believed to have been stolen from houses the suspects broke into,” he said.
Among the items seized were credit cards, bank passbooks, laptops, modems, mobile phones and jewellery. Police also found numerous credit cards receipts for purchases of electrical items and petrol.
“Initial investigations revealed that the suspects had gone on a spending spree with their victims’ credit cards. The breakthrough came when a victim checked his credit card transactions after reporting it missing.
“The victim discovered that his card had been used to purchase petrol after it had been stolen. He alerted the police and the suspect’s vehicle was identified as police checked the petrol station’s CCTV.”
Both the male suspects tested positive for drug abuse and checks revealed that they have previous convictions for car theft, robbery and drug abuse. One of the men was released from prison last year.
“Police believe that the three suspects are responsible for at least 10 house break-in cases reported in the Setiawangsa area over the holiday season last week,” Zakaria said, adding that the suspects had been remanded to facilitate investigations.