Doctor arrested for multiple condo burglaries

GEORGE TOWN (April 29): A doctor was arrested by police last Thursday on suspicion of at least 22 burglaries at a condominium he has been staying at for the past six years, with losses amounting to nearly RM500,000.

North east district police chief, assistant commissioner Soffian Santong, said the 38-year-old suspect was detained at Gurney Park Condominium in Gurney Drive at 6pm.

“Police seized six TVs, five video players, 27 laptops, 68 mobile phones, identity cards, passports, bags and 35 keys, among other things. The value of the stolen property is RM160,000,” he told reporters yesterday.

“His modus operandi was to enter unlocked homes early in the morning to steal valuables from the living room to sell them at a cheap price,” Soffian said.

The suspect who is being held under remand does not have a criminal record and police believe he acted alone.

In another case, police arrested two men and a female trainee doctor on suspicion of 13 break-ins reported since April at a luxury condominium in Tanjung Tokong, with losses amounting to RM296,350.

“Police arrested a 34-year-old man after he broke into a home at 8pm on Thursday. A bag, wallet, branded shoes and digital camera were confiscated,” said Soffian.

Police then arrested a couple, aged 24, at 11.20am on Saturday in front of a lift, while they were trying to make a getaway.

Investigations led to the discovery of a telecommunications company storage room where stolen goods were kept.

Among other things, police confiscated several TVs, luggage, computers, electrical goods and accessories worth RM80,000.

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