Malaysian authorities have apprehended five men charged with stealing 85 bitcoin machines. The police captured the men in a police raid on November 2.
The Sun Daily reports that four men and one woman rented a building in Seremban, Malaysia adjacent to a warehouse storing the bitcoin machines. The five drilled through the concrete wall connecting the two buildings. All the suspects were friends without past criminal records, The Sun writes.
Worth $10,300 each, the machines were most likely bitcoin mining rigs, although local police did not specify.
“On Oct 29, a shopkeeper lodged a police report following the missing of 85 bitcoin machines,” said Seremban police chief Supt Mohd Said Ibrahim in a press conference. “Subsequently, police conducted raids and arrested suspects, aged between 25 and 46 years.”
The raids occurred last Saturday night between midnight and five AM local time. Authorities confiscated a car, a four-wheeled vehicle, and heavy equipment believed to be used for drilling through the concrete, the Sun added.
The suspects have yet to be sentenced.
Drill image via Shutterstock.
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