SIBU, April 10 — A group of criminals believed to be involved in several bird nest robberies valued at more than RM1 million in five divisions in Sarawak have been crippled following the arrest of nine members.
The robbers aged between 21 and 31 were apprehended in raids at five premises here early this morning.
Sarawak police contingent headquarters CID chief, SAC Datuk Dev Kumar said also nabbed in the raids from 2.30am to 9am this morning was their 31-year-old gang leader from Mukah.
They were picked up at a karaoke lounge in Lorong Ek Dee, a double-storey shophouse in Lorong Chengal 5, a single-storey shophouse in Jalan Jerwit Barat, an unnumbered house in Jalan Rambutan and a house in Jalan Kapor.
“Armed with shotguns and machetes, the gang broke into bird nest houses in Sibu, Mukah, Tatau, Matu Daro, Sarikei, Saratok and Betong and carted off more than RM1 million worth of bird nests,” he said in a statement today.
He said also arrested was a 52-year-old bird nest buyer who was suspected of purchasing the stolen bird nests from the suspects at RM2,000 per kilogramme as well as processed bird nests in his house in Jalan Kapor for export to China.
In the raids, police also seized various weapons such machetes, knives, spears and shotgun shells, 20 mobile phones as well as one kilogramme of processed bird nests.
Dev Kumar said the gang was believed to be involved in robbing bird nest houses in Matu, Oya, Mukah and Balingian (Mukah Division), Sibu Jaya (Sibu Division), Pusa and Kabong (Betong), Tatau (Bintulu Division) as well as Sarikei and Jakar (Sarikei Division) between December 2017 to April 2018.
Apart from that, the group was also suspected of robbing a crane in Bintulu in September 2017, he said. — Bernama