PETALING JAYA: Police have crippled a secret society gang behind over 100 cases of wayside robberies and snatch thefts in the Klang Valley after six of its members were detained in the last two weeks.
Police said the six, aged between 17 and 23, could also be responsible for the deaths of three Indonesian workers found burnt to death in their container sleeping berth at a Damansara project site in March 2002.
District CID chief Supt Ahmad Razil Yaacob said the deaths of the Indonesians could be related to protection money the gang had demanded from them.
He said the gang robbed their victims after stopping them on the pretext of asking for directions.
He said they used fake pistols, motorcycle chains, helmets and sticks to threaten victims.
Police got their break when a team spotted three youths on two motorcycles behaving suspiciously in Kelana Jaya Industrial Park on Feb 12.
“Our officers tried to stop them but they sped off and, in their haste, one of the motorcycles skidded causing one of the suspects to fall.
“He had several wallets, identity cards, credit cards and ATM cards belonging to someone else.
“Even the motorcycle he was riding was reported stolen,” he said, adding that the suspect led police to the arrest of another member.
Supt Ahmad Razil said the other members were picked up in Subang Airport, Jalan Padang Tembak and Kelana Jaya in follow-up operations.
“The gang is known to strike between midnight and 4am on weekdays, between 5pm and 5am on Saturdays and 9am and 1am on Sundays.
“They arm themselves with parangs which they place on the neck of victims before relieving them of valuables,'' he said.
Police are looking for two others to assist in investigations.
They are Jsilan Patipen (IC No: 860612-56-5417) whose last known address is Jalan 17/47, Bt 9 Kampung Damansara Dalam and Shankar@Picu of Kg Lembah Subang, Kelana Jaya.
Anyone with information should contact the nearest police station or district police headquarters at 03-7956 2222.
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