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Friday April 29, 2011

12-year-old girl and boy, 11, caught for motorcycle theft

GEORGE TOWN: Not only are motorcycle thieves getting younger, but the fairer sex is getting into the act as well.

A 12-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy had been caught for stealing three motorcycles in the past two weeks.

Police arrested the two primary school pupils while they were riding one of the stolen machines at Taman Sahabat in Teluk Kumbar near here on Tuesday.

Balik Pulau deputy OCPD Deputy Supt Lai Fah Hin said the girl, who was the rider, was the mastermind of the thefts which occurred at a few places in Teluk Kumbar.

He said they stole the motorcycles for joyrides until the machines ran out of fuel, adding that police had recovered the other two motorcycles dumped by the roadside.

“They loitered at apartment blocks and looked for motorcycles with keys left in the ignition,” DSP Lai said at the Balik Pulau police station yesterday.

He said they also used modified keys and a small knife to start the stolen motorcycles.

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