Two teenage dropouts, jobless woman arrested over Sibu house break-in

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SIBU, June 14: A woman and two school dropouts have been arrested for allegedly stealing RM6,000 in items after breaking into a house here.

The arrests come three days after the house was broken into.

According to Sibu district deputy police chief Superintendent Collin Babat, on June 11 at about 3.30pm, the owner of a house at Jalan Hua Khiew was informed by his neighbour that his gate and main door were ajar.

He subsequently rushed over to the house and found several items missing, including a wooden sofa set, a ceramic table, a wall clock, a bicycle, an old television set, an electric cable, clothing, five old shoes, a spoilt washing machine and refrigerator, ceiling fan and table fan and 30 pieces of Belian wood.

Total loss was estimated to be RM6,000.

The 59-year old house owner who is an electrical technician then lodged a police report. The police managed to obtain CCTV footage belonging to the victim’s neighbour to help in their investigation.

Subsequently, the police arrested a 40-year old jobless woman with a previous police record for violent crime, and two school dropouts aged 14 and 16. The police also seized a car.

“Our investigation shows that the victim had not been staying in the house for 10 years as it is not fit for dwelling due to sinking soil. The last time the complainant went to the house was three months ago,” Colin added.

The three suspects have been remanded for four days to help investigations under Section 457 of the Penal Code for housebreaking and theft. — DayakDaily