MALAYSIA, April 22, 2013 (By Tan Sin Chow, The Star): Police have recovered almost 90% of the gold which was earlier reported stolen from the Kovil Veedu Temple in Penang Street. Penang CID chief Senior Asst Mazlan Kesah said they had recovered about 1.8kg of the golden drape for the statue but the gold had since been smelted into bars.
It is learnt that the stolen gold is worth about US$150,000 .Temple caretaker P. Muthu, 81, was killed in the incident on Dec 19 last year. SAC Mazlan said they had arrested 11 people, including the main suspect, a 23-year-old wireman, who was said to have gone into the temple during the incident. "Among the suspects nabbed were the middleman who arranged for the sale of the stolen gold, two goldsmith shop owners who bought the gold and the goldsmith who smelted the gold
"We have also seized US$18,000 dollars believed to have been generated from the sale of the gold and the equipment used to smelt the gold. The case is considered solved," he said during a press conference at the state police headquarters yesterday.