Robbers searched the house for the Indonesian maid instead of the loot. -The Star
MIRI: Sex before money - that seemed to be on the minds of a group of armed robbers who struck at a housing estate.
Clad only in their underwear and face-masks, the five men broke into a house, tied up its four occupants, then searched the house for the Indonesian maid instead of the loot.
When they found the maid not to their 'taste', they beat her up and then robbed the entire family.
Miri police are now looking for the group of foreigners who escaped with more than RM10,000 in cash and belongings.
The incident happened on Monday at the Morsjaya commercial centre outside the city centre.
The victims, who lodged a report at the Miri Central Police Station, said the robbers broke into the house in the wee hours of the morning.
They were not wearing shirts or trousers, only underwear. They headed straight for the rooms after tying up four of the family members who were in the house, said one of the victims in his report.
'They were searching for the Indonesian maid who lives in the house. They found the maid, but after looking at her, they beat her up with the handle of the parang they were carrying,' said a police source.
Meanwhile, late on Monday night, another armed robbery took place at a businessman's house in a posh residential estate in Luak Bay, outside the city centre.
A group of six men armed with parang broke into the house and escaped with more than RM50,000 in cash and jewellery after tying up the entire household.
Miri police chief Asst Comm Jamaluddin Ibrahim said that as of yesterday afternoon, the police have arrested six men.
'We do not know as yet whether these robberies were carried out by the same gang,' he said.
ACP Jamaluddin advised residents to beef up security in their homes if they intend to keep large amounts of cash and jewellery there.