Bayan Baru Police Station, Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia. Photo: Google Maps

Two of four masked burglars of Vietnamese ethnicity suspected of stealing safe boxes from schools, offices and factories in Penang, Malaysia, over the past two years, fetching 235,000 ringgit (more than US$59,000) worth of cash and valuables, were arrested on Sunday.

The two detainees, aged 26 and 27, are suspected in eight thefts in the area of Bayan Baru and Bayan Lepas since last year, A Anbalagan, police chief of the southwest district of Penang, told a press conference, Guang Ming Daily (Malaysia) reported.

At 2:30am on Sunday, four men broke into the office of a school in Bayan Lepas, but were discovered by the school security guard, who managed to apprehend one of them. Another man was arrested later the same day, at around 10:30am.

Numerous tools such as crowbars, pliers and wrenches believed to have been used to break into the premises were seized from the suspects.

Police were looking for the two accomplices, identified as Do Van Thanh and Pham Van Tu, both aged 26, who were not yet believed to have fled abroad.