KUALA LUMPUR: A house break-in gang has been busted with the arrest of six men including its mastermind known as Mat Petai.
The gang leader, who earned his nickname following his once business of selling petai, was nabbed by police at a house in Taman Tasik Tambahan Ampang at about 12.30am on Monday.
Ampang Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Khairuldin Saad said the arrest led police to an apartment in Taman Mulia Jaya.
The apartment, he said, belonged to someone nicknamed Boy who dealt with stolen goods.
“We recovered various stolen goods such as LCD TVs, laptops and car radios. Boy, who was at the apartment, was also apprehended,” he said yesterday.
He said four more gang members were nabbed following the first two arrests.
“We believe at least 20 cases of house and car break-ins have been solved with these arrests.
“Two out of those cases occurred during this Chinese New Year holiday season,” he said.
Police are looking for three remaining members of the gang, which had been active for about two years.
In another case, the body of an unidentified man was found murdered and dumped in the trunk of a car near Kampung Cheras Baru on Tuesday.
“We received a call at around 11pm from a man who found a car parked beside his house with its doors opened,” said ACP Khairuldin.
When police arrived at the scene, they found the body of the man, who is believed to be a Myanmar national, stuffed in the trunk of the abandoned car.
The victim, believed to be in his 30s, had suffered blunt forced trauma to the head and stab wounds to the neck.
ACP Khairuldin said the man was believed to have been killed elsewhere about six hours earlier.
“We have contacted the owner of the vehicle and we are in the process of getting his statement,” he said.
He also urged anyone with information to contact Asst Supt Wiswanatan at 03-42897222.