MIRI: The days of rampant housebreaking and terrorising the people in this town are over for a five-man gang of foreigners, after police busted them in an ambush at an abandoned house in Luak Bay at about 12am Sunday (Oct 16).
Two of the suspects, both in their 30s, were gunned down by police after one of them fired shots at the police as they attempted to enter the house, while the other suspect attacked the raiding party with a machete.
State CID chief, SAC Dev Kumar said at a press conference held at Miri Central Police Station Sunday, the gang of four men and a woman, were behind 16 armed robberies that targeted houses in Bakam and Luak since last year.
The most recent incident was on Saturday where three robbers wearing masks and armed with a machete broke into a house in Fabulous Garden.
“During the incident, a couple and their two children aged five and 11 were at home,” Dev said.
That same day police arrested a 55-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman in an ambush, and they led police to a ‘kongsi’ house where a second man was picked up, along with items stolen in the robbery earlier
“The ensuing hunt for the suspects led the police to an abandoned house in Luak Bay,” said Dev, adding that the police team returned fire in self-defense, killing both suspects.
Also present at the press conference were Miri police chief ACP Khoo Leng Huat and Miri CID chief DSP Nixon Joshua Ali.