SIBU: Police arrested an unemployed man at a budget hotel here on suspicion of committing burglary and theft.
Acting Sibu district police chief Supt Dr Collin Babat said the 26-year-old suspect was believed to have committed the crime at a government-owned education flat in Jalan Disa near here.
He said the suspect was detained at a budget hotel on Thursday (Feb 3) after a civil servant lodged a police report on the crime.
“The complainant lodged a report that his house was broken into when he and his family went on a three-day vacation in Miri since Jan 29.
“Also reported missing were his belongings, namely two watch straps, a tablet and a mobile phone kept at home estimated to be worth RM1,750,” he explained when contacted on Friday (Feb 4).
Collin said the theft was noticed by the complainant when they returned home and found the house in a mess at 7.30pm last Tuesday (Feb 1).
According to him, the complainant believed that the suspect had entered the house through a window at the back which was not locked.
“Preliminary investigations at the scene found that the window frame was opened, believed to be the suspect’s entry into the house,” he added.
Following the arrest of the suspect, Collin said the police also confiscated a watch as a case item.
He added that the suspect was being remanded for six days until Feb 9 to assist in the investigation.
“The case will be investigated under Section 457 of the Penal Code for burglary and theft,” he said.
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