Gang crippled, nine held

Tools of the trade: Arjunaidi (left) displaying some of the tools the vehicle thieves used to break into the cars recovered by the police.

Police have managed to cripple a syndicate responsible for more than 50 car thefts in the Klang Valley with the recent arrest of nine people, including two women.

The group known as the “Sima Gang” after the ringleader’s name, targeted older Proton and Perodua models as these were easier to steal and their parts easier to sell.

The syndicate, according to Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Arjunaidi Mohamed, was mainly led by a 23-year-old who had four prior convictions for drugs and theft.

The other eight gang members, including the two, were believed to be buyers for the stolen vehicles.

Arjunaidi added that the police had also recovered 18 vehicles reported stolen by their owners.

“The older models were targeted as it is easier to bypass the vehicle’s alarm system, as well as make a duplicate key.

“Often, the gang would take the stolen vehicle to a secure location where it could then be dismantled,” said Arjunaidi.

At a press conference, the assistant commissioner explained that the police had made their first arrest on Oct 9. After that, it was a matter of tracking the gang down until police managed to arrest the ringleader on Nov 9.

“We also arrested two men who were buyers for the stolen vehicles,” he added.

“Altogether the vehicles are estimated to be worth RM200,000, and they were found in Petaling Jaya, Damansara and Kota Damansara.

“Each vehicle was sold for between RM2,000 to RM3,000 before being dismantled,” Arjunaidi added.

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