| James Kon |
THE Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) has recovered 1,477 stolen items worth about $150,000 and detained eight locals, aged between 25 and 50 years, to assist in investigations after raiding 18 houses in three districts between February 4 and 20, 2015.
Seven vehicles, six motorcycles and two boats, which are yet to be valued, were also recovered in ‘Operation Bongkar’ that RBPF conducted with the cooperation of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in the Brunei-Muara District areas of Kg Tanah Jambu National Housing, Kg Meragang National Housing, Kg Selayun, Kg Rimba National Housing, Kg Salambigar, Kg Mulaut, the Tutong District areas of Jln Maraburong and Jln Lamunin and Belait District areas of Pandan 7, Kg Panaga Seria National Housing, Lumut and Mukim Sungai Liang.
Details of what is believed to be the country’s biggest recovery of stolen items were revealed in a press conference by Superintendent Husaini bin Haji Matzin, Acting Commanding Officer of Brunei-Muara Police District, Superintendent Mazalan bin Haji Yakub, Assistant Commanding Officer of Brunei-Muara Police District (Operation) and Assistant Superintendent of Police Hamri Aslan bin Abu Hanafiah, Acting District Crime Officer of Brunei-Muara Police District.
The amount of stolen items which included TVs, laptops, mobile phones, watches, musical instruments, speakers, bicycles and amplifiers was so large that the goods filled up the multi-purpose hall of the Berakas Police Station.
The RBPF believe that the stolen items were sold to homeowners.
The RBPF said that victims of theft cases have a two-week period starting tomorrow (February 28, 2015) to come to the multi-purpose hall of the Berakas Police Station to identify their stolen possessions.
The claimants must bring along a copy of their police statement on the loss of their belongings for verification.
A counter at the Berakas Police Station will be open from 9am to 12pm and 2pm to 5pm to ensure the identification process runs smoothly. People with inquiries can contact the RBPF at 2330410.
The RBPF’s cooperation with the NCB in the case is part of its strategy to work closely with other enforcement agencies and share information to reduce the crime rate.