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by austin camoens
Hard evidence: Items seized from the suspects being displayed during the press conference at the Selangor police headquarters.
SHAH ALAM: For over a year, 10 masked men have been terrorising women at their homes, committing at least 302 armed robberies – almost one everyday.
Threatening their victims with parang, they would stake out the women as they went about their activities before striking in the early hours of the morning.
Their reign of terror came to an end on Tuesday when a police task force moved in on them at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur and arrested seven men, including a 19-year-old private college student.
Selangor police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Shukri Dahlan said the gang had robbed a 30-year-old housewife at her home in Taman Rimbun Hijau Country Heights in Kajang at around 6.45am after she came back from her morning exercise.
“She had left her house gate open when three masked men rushed in and attacked her. They ransacked her home and stole jewellery, cash and other valuables worth about RM40,000,” he said at the Selangor police headquarters here yesterday.
“The task force, which has been monitoring a group that had a similar modus operandi, decided to raid the hotel following the latest incident,” he said, adding that the police nabbed a man at the lobby of the hotel four hours after the incident.
The man, said DCP Mohd Shukri, then led police to two rooms on the seventh floor where they arrested six other men, aged between 19 and 31.
“We also seized an assortment of mobile phones, heavy duty bolt cutters, wigs, MyKads, drivers’ licences, jewellery, crow bars, 15 fake number plates and five cars belonging to the suspects,” he said.
Based on investigations, DCP Mohd Shukri said the gang members, working in threes, would park their cars in neighbourhoods and stake out the houses, looking for an opportunity to strike.
“They would target houses where the women were either home alone or have just come home,” he said, adding that the mastermind – a 31-year-old suspect – was also arrested.
SDCP Mohd Shukri said the man had recruited his 29-year-old brother, a mobile phone shop staff, into the gang. He, too, was arrested.
The police, he added, were now looking for the other gang members who were still at large.
“People need to be extra careful when they reach home or open their gates. Never give anyone the opportunity to take advantage and rob you,” he said, urging anyone with information to contact its hotline at 03-2052 9999.
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