MIRI: A spate of house breaking cases reported to occur in Lambir, Lusut and Taman Tunku here is believed to have been solved with the arrest of five local men dubbed ‘Gang Awik’ early Friday morning.

According to Miri police Chief ACP Lim Meng Seag, at least 15 house breakings cases were solved with the arrest of the suspects.

The suspects were detained in two separate locations during a raid held led by Inspector Fredly Juing.

“The first four suspects were picked up at a longhouse in Lambir at 6.55am, while the fifth suspect was detained one hour later at Mile 6.5 Jalan Miri-Bintulu,” he said.

During the raid, police also discovered and seized two riffles, a handphone and a wrist watch from their possessions.

Preliminary investigation revealed that one of the suspects had just been released from Lambir Prison.

All suspects aged between 17 and 38 are currently in police custody to facilitate investigation.

The suspects are being escorted off to Miri Central police station for questioning.