KUANTAN: Police crippled a motorcycle theft gang with the arrests of five suspects including a 23-year-old mastermind and his younger brother.
Kuantan OCPD Asst Comm Abdul Aziz Salleh said both siblings were picked up separately after police got wind of their whereabouts.
ACP Abdul Aziz said the mastermind nicknamed “Boy” was detained at a premise in Jalan Tun Ismail with another suspect, aged 19.
“Earlier, we tracked down and picked up two suspects, aged 19 and 28, at a motor workshop in Jalan Beserah.
“Upon questioning, they provided information leading to the capture of the mastermind,” he told a press conference here.
ACP Abdul Aziz said the youngest member of the gang, aged 15, was arrested later the same day.
He said background checks showed the teenager had two previous records for thefts.
“We recovered five stolen motorcycles, engine and other cannibalised parts.
“The gang’s modus operandi is to steal mototcycles before the machines are modified and sold off to unsuspecting buyers,” he said, adding that some of the machines were also cannibalised and sold as spare parts.
ACP Abdul Aziz said urine tests on the leader of the gang came back positive for amphetamine.
He said police believed the gang had been active for the past eight months, targeting motorcycles left unattended by owners in Beserah and Kuantan.
“So far, the gang has admitted to 13 cases of motorcycle thefts,” he said.
On a separate case, ACP Abdul Aziz said police were looking for a Facebook account with the name “Kagawa Onieshia” to assist in investigations into postings of offensive comments against the Pahang royal family.
He said investigations would be conducted under Section 504 of the Penal Code after a police report was lodged by the palace and several non- governmental organisations.
Police will be seeking assistance from the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission to track down the individual involved.