updated 5/21/2008 9:29:59 AM ET 2008-05-21T13:29:59

Five robbers have baffled Malaysian police by breaking into a house while clad only in underwear, officials say.

The men were armed with knives and gave three family members a rude awakening before dawn Sunday in their home in the eastern state of Sarawak, Miri town police chief Jamaludin Ibrahim said.

"All of them came in with underwear only and covered their faces with T-shirts," he said, adding that authorities don't know why the suspects were dressed that way.

He said the suspects tied up their victims and fled with cash, watches and cell phones.

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