Three intruders wielding machetes and knives reportedly broke into a prestigious condominium in the Malaysian state of Negeri Sembilan on Wednesday morning, and fled with cash and valuables worth more than 15,000 ringgit (US$3,700).
The robbery took place at around 4:50am in a two-story condominium in a housing estate called Nilai Springs Heights, which was later identified as the residence of the former chairman of Malaysia’s Federal Land Development Authority, Isa Samad, who was not home at the time, Sin Chew Daily (Malaysia) reported.
Two people in the house were awakened and tied up with telephone cables by the three robbers, who were reportedly Indonesian men wearing masks and carrying machetes and knives.
The victims were taken to the living room and covered by a blanket while the robbers ransacked the unit. They fled with 5,700 ringgit in cash, 6,200 ringgit worth of jewelry, and three watches worth 3,000 ringgit. Four children sleeping in the unit were not disturbed during the robbery.
A preliminary police investigation suggested that the men took the opportunity to climb into the unit through a window at the back when the security guard on duty was sleeping.
Police have yet to recover many details about the suspects as their faces were not recorded by a faulty surveillance-camera system at the residence.
Back in August 2013, the same unit was ransacked by four robbers, also believed to be Indonesians, who had used a similar modus operandi as in the latest case, prompting police to believe the two robberies could be linked.