KUALA LUMPUR – Police have crippled a car theft syndicate in the federal capital following the arrest of four men believed to be responsible for the theft of 17 cars valued at almost RM200,000.
Sentul district police chief ACP R. Munusamy said all the suspects were detained on Dec 4 and 5 by the Sentul District Criminal Investigation Department in separate raids.
“The 39-year-old suspect was detained in a house in Desa Aman, Sungai Buloh and police subsequently arrested three other suspects, aged between 21 and 33, in Jinjang and Chow Kit,” he told reporters at the case exhibits depot at the Sentul Komuter Station, here today.
Munusamy said following the arrest, the police recovered 17 stolen cars that had been reported missing in Sentul, Wangsa Maju, Gombak, Ampang and Petaling Jaya.
“The syndicate was using a ruler to pry open the vehicles’ door, then moved the cars to an unsupervised parking lot pending a request from the buyer.”
He said based on the investigation, the police believed there were more members of the syndicate still at large and the hunt for them was ongoing.
The syndicate targeted Proton, Perodua and Nissan vehicles due to high demand in the market, he said.
“Two of the four suspects detained have criminal records involving stolen vehicles and all of them have been remanded for 10 days from Dec 5 to 15 and the case is being investigated under Section 397A of the Penal Code,” he said. – BERNAMA