Two arrested when intruding into birdhouse

The equipment believed to be used in the break-in and a bird's nest weighing about 1kg found in the first man's bag.

KUCHING: Two men caught intruding into a birdhouse for swifts building near KM25 Bako Road last Sunday were arrested by police. 

Their intrusion into the premises was discovered by the owner through a closed-circuit television (CCTV)

Kuching district deputy police chief Supt Merbin Lisa said that they received a complaint pertaining to the incident around 5.15am before despatching a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) unit to the scene.

Noticing the police’s presence, both individuals attempted to escape from the birdhouse but one of them was arrested while the other escaped.

“The arrest that day involved a local man in his 20s. The team was able to find suspected stolen items and equipment for such crime including swift nests weighing nearly 1kg, knives, flashlights, screw drivers, wire cutters, long iron and a watch in the man’s bag.

“The man was later brought to Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) for treatment following a minor injury believed to have been caused by plunging from the birdhouse,” he said in a statement.

Merbin noted that prior checks found that the man had two records relating to drugs offences and a record for theft.

The man was also tested positive for Methamphetamine drug and is currently remanded for five days until July 4.

A team of the Kuching Police Crime Investigation Department (CID)on Monday morning (June 29) succeeded in arresting the second man who managed to escape the day before. He was found in an unnumbered house in Bako area, Merbin pointed out.

“Also seized were the clothing used by the 30-year-old man during the swift birdhouse burglary incident.

“The man, who has seven criminal records involving property crimes, will be produced in Kuching Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (June 30), for a remand order, “he said.

Merbin added that the second man was also tested positive for Methamphetamine drug.

The case is currently being investigated under Section 457 of the Penal Code. Upon conviction, the accused can be sentenced up to five years of jail term and can be extended up to 14 years or a fine and whipping.