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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Police solve theft of RM72,000 from Penampang's Upper Star Cafe

KOTA KINABALU - Police here have solved a case involving the theft of RM72,000 from the Upper Star Cafe at Penampang's Plaza 333 with the arrest of five people.  

Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Ramli Din said a report of the incident was received at about 10am on June 26, and the suspects aged between 17 and 23 were detained around 1pm on the same day. 

He added that four of the suspects were the restaurant staff while the fifth was a 21-year-old man who had just resigned from the his job at the eatery. 

Ramli said the restaurant manager had discovered the theft after opening the premises at about 7.30am on that day and noticed that three television sets in the premises were missing. 

He said that a check of the restaurant’s safe deposit box found that the collection totalling RM72,096.70 had also been taken. 

Ramli told the media here on Tuesday that Penampang police immediately formed a special team to investigate the theft and acting on information, four restaurant staff that included two women, were arrested. 

He said police later seized the cash from the house of the former worker while the television sets were seized from his mother’s flat nearby. 

Also seized was a car owned by the 21-year-old suspect’s sister, a ski mask, a glove, three keys, a pair of trousers and a backpack. 

Ramli said the suspects were believed to have gained access into the restaurant using a set of stolen keys. 

He said one of the suspects was also believed to have known the combination to the restaurant’s safe deposit box. 

Ramli said the case was being investigated under Section 457 of the Penal Code for burglary. 

He said despite the holiday season, police were able to tackle criminal cases quickly, noting that 25 out of the 36 house break-ins reported between June 18 and 26 were solved.

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