KUANTAN – The police have detained 18 people, including 13 Bangladeshi men and a woman, in connection with a syndicate which stole Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) cables worth about RM200,000.
The suspects were picked up in three separate raids in Jalan Jabor Lama, near Cherating.
Kuantan police chief ACP Abdul Aziz Salleh said in the first raid last Sunday, a police team nabbed a 25-year-old man who was cutting cables in the area about 2pm.
From the suspect, he said, the police seized a sack containing cables weighing 10kg, as well as tools such as a saw and machete.
“Upon questioning, the suspect told the police that he had stolen cables from the premises more than 10 times,” he told reporters here today.
In the second raid on Wednesday, at a premises selling scrap metal, the police picked up a 53-year-old man and his 39-year-old Bangladeshi employee about 12.30pm.
Abdul Aziz said an inspection on the premises found a large sack filled with cables estimated to weigh 300kg, among others.
In a follow-up operation, he said the police rounded up 16 people, including a store supervisor and his two children, lorry driver and 12 Bangladeshis at a store located near the premises at 9.30pm the sae day.
“At the time, they were moving cables estimated to weigh more than 4,000kg, as well as 24 lorry batteries into a lorry for sale in Kuala Lumpur,” he added. – BERNAMA