KUALA LUMPUR: Police smashed a major car theft syndicate following the arrests of four members and the recovery of 16 cars worth about RM1mil.
City police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Dell Akbar Khan said the four from Ah Boon Gang were aged between 28 and 38 years.
Acting on a tip-off on Dec 24, a team from the city police anti-vehicle theft division led by Chief Insp Raja Sakaran stopped a Proton Waja in Seri Kembangan.
The suspect was driving a car reported to have been stolen in September, tried to escape by ramming into a police patrol car. He was arrested after a short chase.
He led police to Taman Bukit Serdang where they raided the house and caught his younger brother. Police seized a Proton Wira car, a car engine and components believed to have been stolen.
Acting on further information, police arrested two more syndicate members and confiscated four more cars.
The following day, investigations led police to a house in Taman Midah, Cheras where they nabbed seven men and three women and seized a stolen Proton Waja.
DCP Dell said police identified a rented shop rented in Sungai Buloh where the stolen cars were hidden.
He said in December, Selangor police seized eight cars from the warehouse.