Police seek owners of over 1,400 stolen goods

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BRUNEI-MUARA

OVER 1,400 allegedly stolen items including cars, phones, boats and guitars have been seized by the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) and the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) during raids to 18 homes conducted over three weeks earlier this month.

The RBPF is now calling victims of theft to visit the Multipurpose Hall of the Berakas Police Station.

The seized items will be on display for two weeks beginning this Saturday —from 9am to 12pm and 2pm to 5pm — for the owners to identify any of their items reported as stolen.

The items, with an estimated total value of $150,000, were seized during “Operasi Bongkar”, which ran across Brunei-Muara, Tutong and Belait. The operations were carried out from February 4 to 20.

The massive haul includes five cars, six motorcycles, two boats and numerous electronic devicA police officer at the Berakas Police Station’s Multipurpose Hall yesterday said RBPF was investigating the possibility of these thefts being related.

RBPF press statement reported that some of the stolen items – including watches, speakers, amplifiers, tyre rims, and gas cyclinders – were believed to have been bought by the homeowners of the raided houses after they were stolen.

Eleven houses in Brunei-Muara were targeted for inspections. These included the National Housing Schemes in Tanah Jambu, Meragang and Rimba as well as Kg Selayun, Kg Salambigar and Kg Mulaut. In Belait, five homes in Pandan 7, the Panaga National Housing Scheme, Lumut and Sg Liang were raided, while two homes in Jln Maraburong and Jln Lamunin were also inspected.

Eight people have been detained to assist RBPF with investigations.

Those visiting the Berakas Police Station should bring along any proof of ownership, as well as the crime or case number given to them by the RBPF when they reported their losses.

The Brunei Times