Police nab five, solve five bird's nest thefts in Johor
Last Update: 22/09/2019
JOHOR BAHRU, Sept 22 (Bernama) -- Police believed they have solved a series of bird's nest thefts around Kota Tinggi with the arrest of five local men in two separate raids here yesterday.
Kota Tinggi police chief Superintendent Ahsmon Bajah said all the suspects, aged between 31 and 39, were arrested after police raided two houses in Bandar Penawar and Felda Gugusan Adela at around 8 pm.
“The modus operandi of the group was to break-in and steal from bird's nest farming premises that do not have additional security systems installed. The bird's nests are later sold in the black market around the state,” he said in a statement here today.
Police also seized a homemade shotgun, which was hidden under a bed, housebreaking equipment and a Perodua Myvi believed to be used to commit the thefts.
According to Ahsmon, investigations showed two of the suspects had previous criminal records, and with the arrest of the five suspects, police have managed to solve five bird's nest thefts worth RM25,000.
All suspects have been remanded for a week beginning today and the case is being investigated under Section 457/506 of the Penal Code and Section 8 of Dangerous Firearms Act 1960.