Police nab alleged serial robbers

Thursday, June 5, 2008
Issue 365, Page 3
Word count: 277
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

The Judiciary Police on Tuesday arrested two of the three suspects who were allegedly involved in at least 26 home robberies in Taipa since the beginning of the year.

After repeated robberies were reported to police in the last five months in Taipa, spokesperson Chan Kin Hong said they had increased the number of street patrols and also co-operated with the area’s building management in bid to “combat the crimes”.

On Tuesday afternoon one of the residential buildings near the Macau Stadium reported that two “suspicious men” were sighted inside the building where police soon arrested the pair.

It was believed that the two men had committed at least 26 home robberies and stolen valuables such as mobile phone, gold accessories and watches with a total value of about 660,000 patacas, Mr Chan said.

He added that the third suspect was still on the run and police would continue tracing his whereabouts.

Police said the suspects usually looked for buildings with connected common carparks and the three suspects would split and break into different homes during the day when people were out at work.
They would then assemble at the carpark and flee the scene, Mr Chan added.

Most of the stolen items were retrieved at pawn shops.

Police did not rule out that the suspects were involved in more cases and they yesterday urged residents living around the Macau Stadium area to report to police if their homes had been robbed in the past five months.

The two arrested were surnamed Chan, 50, from Taiwan and surnamed Nam, 33, from Guangdong Province.

They will be sent to the Public Prosecutions Office and charged with aggravated robbery.

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