JOHOR BARU: Police have clamped down on a foreign theft syndicate, believed to be involved in at least 44 house robbery cases especially in the Pontian, Kluang and Batu Pahat districts.
Johor police chief Comm Datuk Seri Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff said that police managed to nab three foreigners after a special taskforce was set up to catch the illegal immigrants.
“In the latest incident on April 8, a group of four parang-wielding thieves, robbed a house owner around 3.30am at Kampung Batu in Kluang, causing losses of over RM20,000 to the victim.
“The following day, police managed to track them down and caught three of the suspects in Pontian and Kluang,” he told a press conference at the state police headquarters here recently.
He added that police also confiscated sharp weapons, ski masks, jewellery, wristwatches as well as cash and the case was classified under Section 395/397 of the Penal Code.
“Their modus operandi was to enter a house, tie-up their victims, sometimes cause injuries if victims tried to fight back and grab valuables before escaping,” he said adding that one of the suspects apprehended had eight records in the police wanted list.
Separately, in another case, Comm Mohd Mokhtar said that police also detained three men believed to be involved in 21 motorcycle thefts in the Nusajaya area.
“We have recovered a fully-intact stolen motorcycle, three dismantled motorcycle bodies as well as a pistol without bullets or ammunition at Sungai Melana, where the suspects disposed the items,” he added.
On a separate note, Comm Mohd Mokhtar said that police detained 43 foreign women believed to be involved in prostitution activities following a raid at an entertainment outlet near Stulang Laut recently.
“The women, believed to be freelancers, are being investigated under Section 39B of the Immigration Regulation 1963 and Section 6(1)(C) of the Immigration Act,” he said adding that the suspects would be remanded until April 29.
Comm Mohd Mokhtar also said that police have been going down hard on prostitution activities with some 970 individuals, mostly foreign women, nabbed between January and March this year.
“We have detained a total of 735 foreign women, 18 foreign men, 57 local women and 160 local men during 2,065 raids conducted since the beginning of the year.
“Over 104 cases in connection to prostitution activities have been charged in court, 166 summonses issued on the entertainment outlets operating without valid licences and 20 summonses issued for failure to adhere to the regulations,” he added.