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Published: Tuesday December 3, 2013 MYT 1:01:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday December 3, 2013 MYT 6:16:04 PM

Police nab family using children as jewellery thieves

KUALA LUMPUR: Three teenage siblings, who were trained to skillfully rob jewellery off children as young as six years old, have been taken into police custody. 

The siblings, consisting of two boys and a girl aged between 13 to 17, have carried out robberies in festivals around Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Sabah and Sarawak since 2012.

The young criminals were understood to have been under the tutelage of their 52-year-old father and 41-year-old mother, both of whom have previous records for robbery.

It is learnt that their latest heist took place in the recently concluded Jom Heboh carnival, which took place in Bukit Jalil on Nov 30 and Dec 1.

“We believe that the teenagers targeted children whose guardians were busy shopping or watching concerts,” said Cheras OCPD Asst Comm Mohan Singh in a press conference on Tuesday.

He added the teenagers would approach their intended victims and use a small scissor to snip off jewellery from their necks or wrists before taking off with the stolen loot. 

Acting on a public tip-off and two reports lodged during the carnival, police deployed a task force codenamed “Ops Cantas/Rentap” to track down the family.

They were nabbed in front of a five star hotel at Bukit Bintang 7pm Sunday. 

“We confiscated RM4,640 worth of cash from the family. We also found a weighing machine and receipts which show that the suspects have sold their stolen loot to various jewellers in the past year,” said ACP Mohan. 

He added that among the confiscated articles were a small scissor, a handphone, six lockets, twelve necklaces, three bracelets and an earring, all believed to be made of gold.

Some of the jewellery were found hidden in the father’s leather shoes. 

“With the arrest, we have solved 31 cases,” said ACP Mohan.

“I am disappointed to learn that the parents would expose their children to a life in crime when they should be guiding them to be good, responsible citizens,” he added.

The suspects, believed to have originated from Sabah, will be remanded until Dec 6 to facilitate investigations.

“We will be investigating the case under Section 379, 392 and 411 of the Penal Code,” said ACP Mohan.

He urged those who have lost their jewellery during the Jom Heboh carnival to contact ASP Ong Seng Keong at 019-3727888 to identify the stolen items.



Tags / Keywords: crime, family, theft, Jom Heboh

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