Wednesday, December 20, 2006


This jewellery shop is “penny wise pound foolish”. They constructed their safes insitu using 5” Thick Concrete walls thinking it is perfectly safe. Little did they realize in the market, there are diamond tipped hole cutters that can drill 5” diameter holes through concrete walls.
The thieves made 11 holes in one and 7 holes in the other before using their bare hands to scoop out the jewellery in the two safes. They have no time and did not touch another safe with jewellery worth RM600,000 inside. Of course the insurance company may have to fork out the compensation after through investigation. A 48 year old man is remanded for investigation

= = = = = and here is the NST report -better & more detailed than the STAR

Gang drills its way to RM1m in jewellery; 20 Dec 2006

KAJANG: A group of burglars drilled their way into the toilet of a goldsmith, disabled the security system, broke into two safes and escaped with jewellery estimated at RM1 million.

Kajang police chief ACP Rosli Mohd Nizam (ABOVE)said this happened between midnight on Sunday and early Monday,

at Madras Jewellers Sdn Bhd in Jalan Tun Abdul Aziz, Kajang. "The burglars, believed to number three or four, started drilling into the toilet of the goldsmith from the storage space for garbage in the rear of the three-storey building. ”Once they gained access through the hole, measuring 0.6m in diameter, they made their way into the security room and disabled the closed-circuit television camera and the alarm system," Rosli said yesterday. The burglars then made their way into the next room where three safes were stored. "They drilled into the four-inch thick cement casing on the sides of two of the safes — 11 holes on the first box and seven holes in the second,

ABOVE & BELOW: The drilled out cylindrical slabs recovered from the scene

all measuring 11 centimetres in diameter. "The burglars then emptied the contents of the boxes," said Rosli. The third box was left untouched.
The break-in was discovered by the shop owner when he opened for business at
9.30am on Monday. Several employees are living in a rented room on the second floor of the building but they said they did not hear anything unusual.

ABOVE & BELOW: The inside of the shop was left untouched

Forensic personnel recovered several sets of fingerprints from the scene. Police have detained a 48-year-old unemployed man for questioning. Selangor police chief Datuk Ismail Omar said the gang could be connected to the break-in at Public Bank in Seri Kembangan during the Hari Raya holidays in October.

ABOVE: Is the same gang reponsible for these heists?

"The modus operandi of the latest gang is similar to the earlier one. It is too early to say but police will definitely investigate if these two gangs are connected," said Ismail after visiting the Gombak police headquarters yesterday. In the October bank break-in, a gang of burglars entered the five-storey MCA building and drilled their way into the bank’s strongroom. They prised open 92 safe deposit boxes and escaped with the valuables.

ABOVE & BELOW: Contractors were hastily called to patch up the exposed rubbish compartment behind the shop.

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And here is the STAR flawed account. drilling a hole 1.5mx1m? This is the size of the rubbish door and a HOLE is Round NOT Rectangle 1.5 x 1 m! The burglars MUST knock through another hole (as NST reported) before they can gain entrance into the shop

Burglars drill way to RM1mil;
KAJANG: Burglars drilled a hole through the wall of a goldsmith's shop in Taman Taming Jaya here and carted away RM1mil worth of jewellery during the early hours of Monday. The break-in appears similar to the Oct 24 theft at the Seri Kembangan Public Bank branch, where thieves escaped with more than RM500,000 in jewellery and other valuables. In the latest case, the burglars drilled a hole measuring 1.5m by 1m wide????????? through the rubbish chute behind the shop, which led into the washroom????? of the premises.

Once in, the burglars disabled the alarm, telephone and CCTV before drilling at least 18 holes measuring as small as 4.5cm each through the concrete wall of the vault located next to the washroom. They used their hands to scoop out jewellery worth RM1mil and only left behind some worth about RM600. Five workers, who were staying on the second floor of the three-storey building, slept through the burglary. Kajang OCPD Asst Comm Rusli Mohd Nizam said police believed that at least three to four people, including one who had stood guard near the rubbish chute, were involved in the burglary that was believed to have occurred between midnight on Sunday and early Monday morning. He said the workers only discovered the burglary when they opened for business at about 9.30am. “Our investigations show that the CCTV had not recorded any image of the burglary while the security alarm did not go off as the burglars had cut off the wires.

However, we have lifted at least five fingerprints from the premises,” he said in a press conference here yesterday. It was learnt that police also found tools, believed to have been used by the thieves, in the shop. Selangor police chief Deputy Commissioner Datuk Ismail Omar said the burglary might have been committed by the same gang that broke into the Public Bank branch after drilling from the second floor of the five-storey building into the safe deposit vault on the first floor. “I have directed the Selangor CID chief to carry out a detailed investigation to find out whether the same gang was involved in both break-ins and to submit a report to me as soon as possible,” he said.


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