Cops bust birds’ nest thieving gang

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The male suspect was arrested for breaking into a bird house in Asajaya.

KOTA SAMARAHAN: Police have arrested six local men for allegedly breaking into several bird houses to steal birds’ nests in Asajaya.

District police chief DSP Sudirman Kram stated that the first arrest took place on Sunday at Kampung Jemukan Ulu around 2.30am.

The owner of the bird house alerted the police after discovering that the bird house was broken into by two men from a closed-circuit television (CCTV) video footage.

A mobile patrol vehicle (MPV) unit was then despatched to the scene.

“Upon arrival, the police managed to surround the suspects and arrest a 23-year-old man who broke into the bird house, another managed to flee the scene.

The seized hammer used to break down the wall of a bird house.

“The team brought the suspect along with a hammer that was seized to the police station for further action,” he said in a statement.

It was understood that the suspect had broken down the wall of the bird house to enter and steal the birds’ nests.

He added that after questioning the suspect, a series of raids were carried out the next day (Monday, Nov 2) at three separate locations in Asajaya.

The raids began at 5.30am by Kota Samarahan Crime Investigation Division (CID) police officers and they succeeded in arresting five local men aged 20 to 29, on suspicion of being involved in breaking into bird houses in Asajaya area.

DSP Sudirman pointed out that with these arrests, the police believed they have solved several break-in and birds’ nest theft cases that were reported in the area.

“All the suspects will be further remanded to facilitate police investigations under Section 457 of the Penal Code,” he said.

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