JOHOR BAHRU (Bernama) – Police have solved a series of bird’s nest thefts around Kota Tinggi in Malaysia with the arrest of five local men in two separate raids on Saturday.
Kota Tinggi Police Chief Superintendent Ahsmon Bajah said all the suspects, aged between 31 and 39, were arrested after police raided two houses in Bandar Penawar and Felda Gugusan Adela at around 8pm. “The modus operandi of the group was to break-in and steal from bird’s nest farming premises that do not have additional security systems installed. The bird’s nests are later sold in the black market around the state,” he said in a statement.
Police also seized a homemade shotgun, which was hidden under a bed, housebreaking equipment and a car believed to be used to commit the thefts.
According to Ahsmon, investigations showed two of the suspects had previous criminal records, and with the arrest of the five suspects, police have managed to solve five bird’s nest thefts worth RM25,000.