Cops arrive in 4 minutes to arrest robbers

SHAH ALAM: Police arrested two men within four minutes of getting a tip-off about a house break-in in Section 24 here when the occupants who were away for the Aidilfitri holidays had just returned home.

Shah Alam district police chief ACP Baharudin Mat Taib said police were alerted about a house break-in incident on Saturday at about 9.15pm.

"Our district control centre were alerted about the incident. The complainant had informed us that someone had broken into his house and someone left his house gate grill open.

"We alerted our patrol cars on duty immediately and they arrived at the scene within four minutes," he said today.

Baharudin said upon arriving, the policemen realised that the suspects were still in the house.

The suspects tried to prevent the cops from entering the house by holding fast to the door.

"The policemen subsequently barged into the house and arrested the suspects. The house was in a mess," he added.

Checks on the suspects found they had hidden several expensive items belonging to the house owner in their backpack.

Police seized a laptop, two digital cameras, 14 handphones, and a power bank.

The suspects who were in their early 30s tested positive for syabu.

Further checks also revealed that the duo were involved in several drug-related offences and house break-ins before this.

"The men had just been released from Sungai Buloh prison for similar offences. One of them was jailed for 16 months in 2015 while the other suspect was jailed for 13 months for both house break-in and drug related offence," Baharudin said, adding they have been remanded for further interrogations.

The case is being investigated under Section 457 of the Penal Code for house break-ins.