Maid steals RM125,000 in family jewels, then drops it

BUKIT MERTAJAM: An estimated RM125,000 in jewellery, stolen by an Indonesian domestic worker from a house in Bandar Perda, was later found in a bag behind the house yesterday.

The bag was believed to have been left by the maid at about 1.30pm, apparently returned for fear of being arrested by police after the incident surfaced on social media.

The house owner, Muhammed Abu Talib Mohamed Sagubar Ali, 33, said he heard the sound of falling objects at the back of the house. He came out and saw a handbag containing various jewellery near the back door.

“We were all shocked to see all the stolen jewellery and RM2,500 cash was left in the bag except for a ring, but I didn’t mind as long as the other items were in good condition. I believed the maid must have dropped it off before fleeing,” he said.

Muhammed Abu Talib, an operations manager at a logistics company, said he contacted the police to say that the jewellery had been found. The bag and all the items were taken to the authorities for further investigation.

He said the jewellery belonging to his mother, Zeenathunisa Packer Meera Sahib, 64, and had been kept over 10 years, comprising gifts from his grandmother and his father.

“I was amazed at the positive attitude of my mother who was unfazed by the incident. She did not panic but prayed that it would be returned,” he said.

He said the family had forgiven the housekeeper and turned over the case to the police.

Central Seberang Perai police chief Nik Ros Azhan Nik Abdul Hamid confirmed the discovery of the jewellery. He said police were trying to locate the Indonesian woman. “We believe she may still be around the area,” he said.

The theft was discovered at 9am when the family returned home from market.