PENANG: The Singaporean and two Johoreans from a syndicate which specialised in selling fake gold items to pawnshops nationwide have been remanded for seven days pending police investigation.
The trio, aged between 40 and 49, were produced before magistrate Sharizat Ismail at 3.30pm yesterday by investigating officer Insp Mukhlis Abdullah from the George Town commercial crime branch.
District CID chief Supt Hasnan Hassan said a check showed that two of the men were high on the Selangor and Malacca police wanted list for a spate of cases of armed robbery and thefts committed recently.
Five worthless gold-coated items, which could have been sold for a substantial amount, were recovered with their arrests in Gurney Drive and Jalan Burma on Tuesday afternoon by four policemen from the George Town A team.
They had earlier sold a 'gold' item to a pawnshop in Chulia Street. The shop owner later dropped by a neighbouring goldsmith and was told that the item, which was pawned off for RM2,200, was a fake, he said.
Supt Hasnan said they are trying to determine if the Singaporean, 40, is the group's mastermind.
He is also wanted by the island republic police.
It is learnt that the trio, who had been active for quite some time, would apply a thick coat of real gold on the metal items before selling them to unsuspecting pawnshops.
In another incident, police recovered about 30 stolen personal computers (PCs) with all its parts stripped off at a house in Island Glades.
The PCs have been found to be part of 80 computers which were reported stolen from two schools and numerous houses by a group which had since been busted with the arrest of 13 men last month.
All that was left of the computers were the worthless wires and fans.
Police received their break with the arrest of two businessmen in Sungai Dua and New Lane on Friday for purchasing the stolen computers.
They had apparently bought the computers worth about RM240,000 from the group.
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