Malaysian authorities have arrested five individuals in connection with the robbery of 85 Bitcoin mining units. The machines were taken from a shop in the town of Seremban. Bitcoin mining machines were worth over $10,000.
According to the news reporter, there were a total of five thieves. The suspects worked at the storehouse where the machinery was kept. The criminals reportedly used the property next door to the storehouse and after working for just one day at the storehouse, drilled through the walls of the property to get inside the storehouse.
The report states that police were notified on October 29 after a shopkeeper lodged a report claiming that 85 Bitcoin machines were missing. The police then carried out raids and arrested the suspects.
“On Oct. 29, a shopkeeper lodged a police report following the missing of 85 bitcoin machines. Subsequently, police conducted raids and arrested suspects, aged between 25 and 46 years.” - Seremban police chief Supt Mohd Said Ibrahim said in a press conference.
Along with the arrests, police seized two vehicles and drilling equipment believed to have been used during the robbery. Mohd Said said the gang stole the machines for their own personal use. The gang, who are reportedly all friends, don’t have any previous convictions. The suspects have yet to be sentenced.
A similar Bitcoin-related crime took place back in September in Russia, where workers at a nuclear facility were charged $7,000 for using the supercomputer to mine bitcoins.