TEMERLOH: A notorious gang who carried out three daring daylight robberies earlier this month was crippled with the arrests of four suspects.
Police are now closing in on the suspected leader of the gang nicknamed “Boy.”
Temerloh Deputy OCPD Supt Zundin Mahmood said the suspects including a woman were detained during an operation near Telemong, Karak.
Supt Zundin said a special task force was set up after the gang committed three robberies on March 3 and 11.
During one of the incidents in a Chinese medicine shop, a father and his son were hacked by the armed robbers after they put up a struggle.
The suspects were also believed to be responsible for robbing a liquor outlet and a petrol kiosk.
“Our men worked hard on the ground and managed to track down the suspects, aged between 18 and 34.
“We also recovered several stolen items such as a laptop, cellphones and a motorcycle used to commit the crime spree,” he told a press conference here.
Supt Zundin said all four suspects had been remanded to assist investigations under Section 394 and 395/397 of the Penal Code.
The offence carries a jail term of up to 20 years, a fine and whipping, upon conviction.
Police are looking for Lingeswaran Ganesan (920819-14-5905) whose last known address is Ladang Renjok, Telemong, Karak.
In a separate case, Supt Zundin said police detained two students and a mechanic for possession of fake RM100 notes.
He said the three men, aged between 16 and 38, were arrested in front of a sundry shop in Lanchang.
“Upon inspections, police found 26 fake notes and six pieces of pornographic DVDs.
“In a follow-up operation, another 23 fake notes were retrieved inside a car used by the suspects parked at the Lanchang toll plaza,” he said.
Supt Zundin said the modus operandi was to make purchases on items not more than RM15 in value at sundry shops in the outskirts using the fake notes.
He said the suspects would split the balance of change in genuine notes among themselves.
The case is being investigated under Section 489B and 489C of the same Act, which carries a jail term of between 10 and 20 years.
The suspects also faced a charge under Section 5 (1)(a) of the Film Censorship Act 2002, which carries a fine of up to RM50,000 or a jail term of up to five years, if convicted.