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Thursday August 11, 2011
By TEH ENG HOCK firstname.lastname@example.org
PORT KLANG: Twenty-five stolen cars worth about RM2mil have been recovered after being shipped off to Europe as furniture parts.
Selangor Customs director Datuk Azis Yacub said the cars, all of a particular Japanese make, were smuggled out in five containers marked as “wooden furniture parts” and left for Cyprus on June 25.
“The Customs Department, with the cooperation of the shipping company, managed to track the ship transporting the containers.
“At that time, the ship was berthed in Haifa Port, Israel, and we instructed all the containers to be brought back to Malaysia,” he told reporters yesterday.
He said the containers arrived at Westport on July 27 and a scan revealed images of cars.
A physical check was conducted last Thursday and each container was found to contain five cars.
“Three cars were parked on the base of the container, while two were suspended with ropes,” said Azis.
A 35-year-old man has been detained in connection with the case, while two more suspects are being sought.
Under the Customs Act, the maximum penalty for making a false declaration is a RM500,000 fine or five years' jail or both.
State CID chief Senior Asst Comm Mohd Adnan Abdullah said the 25 cars were reported missing in June, with 20 reports lodged in Selangor, three in Kuala Lumpur, and one each in Malacca and Negri Sembilan.
“The syndicate sends the stolen cars to Hong Kong, Thailand, Dubai and Cyprus,” he revealed.
The syndicate is the same one from which police recovered 98 stolen cars at a warehouse in Kampung Black Water near Banting on June 29.
Four men were arrested during the raid three months ago, said SAC Mohd Adnan.
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