MODUS OPERANDI: Thieves used oxy-acetylene torches to break open machines
KUALA LUMPUR: POLICE are investigating if the Oxy Gang is linked to Sunday's automated teller machine (ATM) break-in at Taman Tun Dr Ismail here.
City Criminal Investigation Department chief Datuk Ku Chin Wah said it was too early to speculate whether it was the work of the gang, which was responsible for a spate of robberies in the last decade.
They have been dubbed the "Oxy Gang" as they used oxy-acetylene torches to break open ATMs and vaults.
At least six similar cases have been reported in the Klang Valley in recent months.
Ku said the thieves made off with more than RM220,000 in Sunday's incident.
The theft was believed to have taken place between 2.30am and 4am at a branch of a leading bank in Jalan Wan Kadir 1.
The thieves tried to break into a second ATM on the premises, but were thwarted when a fire broke out at the first one.
The fire was believed to have been ignited by their equipment.
A passer-by who saw smoke called the Fire and Rescue Department, which sent its men to the scene at 4am.
The thieves fled, leaving some of their equipment behind.
They had also spray-painted five closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras on the premises.
They also cut the electrical wiring connecting the alarm system and the CCTV cameras. There are two ATMs and one cash deposit machine on the premises.