Burglar attends court in morning, caught in the act again at night (Updated)

KUALA LUMPUR: Despite being strapped with an Electronic Monitoring Device (EMD), a hardened criminal was arrested on Monday for an attempted house break-in hours after attending a court proceeding for a similar offence on Monday.

Sources told theSun that the suspect was strapped with the EMD to his ankle while undergoing court proceedings on Monday morning, the 32 year old suspect was also listed under the Prevention of Crime Act (POCA) for another offence he committed in Sungkai, Perak and has 23 past criminal records for various offences including one for breaking his POCA detention order.

"He attended court in the morning for a similar offence and at night he was caught in the act for trying to break into another house," the source said.

Also arrested with the suspect were three other accomplices aged 31 to 42, the source also revealed that each of these men had specialised in a specific task, one man was a lock-picker and another was an electrician.

Kuala Lumpur City Police chief commissioner Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim said that the gang, known as the "Ah Haw" gang would usually target houses with no closed circuit televisions(CCTV) and housing areas with no security guards. They would also stake out homes and wait for the owners to leave before robbing them.

"With the arrest of the gang members, we believe that they, along with other gang members who have been arrested in the past, are responsible for some 35 house break-ins in the Klang Valley from 2016 to 2017," he said.

In a press conference at the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters, Mazlan said that police had received a tip off that there was a suspicious looking white Proton Saga circling the Taman Sri Rampai housing area.

When police had pulled up behind the car to approach the suspects, they had backed into the patrol car and almost knocked an officer on his motorcycle as they were trying to flee the scene.

Police were then forced to open fire to stop the car from escaping.

The suspects then entered the DUKE Highway against the traffic flow towards the Middle Ring-Road, with the police in hot pursuit.

The suspects' car had hit three cars before crashing into a Proton Waja and a concrete highway divider.

The suspects then jumped out of their vehicle and fled on foot, but the pursuing policemen managed to nab them after a short chase, three people including a policemen suffered light injuries during the pursuit.