Cops cripple syndicate of car thieves


PENANG: Police have recovered 19 stolen vehicles worth more than RM1.2mil with the arrest of five syndicate members in Balik Pulau last month. 

The syndicate, headed by a husband and wife team, is believed to be responsible for over 100 vehicle thefts especially in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor. 

State CID chief Senior Asst Comm (II) Hashim Sharat said the recovered vehicles, including a Mercedes Benz, three Honda CRVs and two Honda Accords, were reported stolen in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Johor between 1999 and this year. 

He said the vehicles were seized following the arrest of five suspects, aged between 30 and 48, in Bayan Lepas and Bayan Baru between Feb 19 and Feb 27. 

“The syndicate members had sold the vehicles for between RM3,500 and RM100,000 to unsuspecting buyers at only 15% of the market price,” he told reporters yesterday. 

SAC Hashim said police expect to pick up the remaining syndicate members and recover more vehicles in Perak, Selangor and Johor over the next few days. 

The team had traced one vehicle in Kelantan while another is with the state Road Transport Department (JPJ). It was learnt that the Mercedes Benz had been sold to a lecturer and the rest to senior executives.  

SAC Hashim said police were working with the JPJ in other states to determine if the syndicate had used forged registration documents when selling off the vehicles. 

“The public should not be duped into buying vehicles at unbelievably low prices. Always demand for the vehicles' registration documents before giving any payment.”  

He urged those who had bought vehicles without proper documents to call the Balik Pulau police (tel:04-8662222).  

Those found guilty of retaining stolen property could be jailed up to five years with a possible fine under Section 411 of the Penal Code. 

Police are looking for three men and a woman to help in investigations.  

They are Ching Swee Poh, 40, of 17, Lebuh Angsa, Taman Berkeley, Klang, Selangor; Lim Syuen Mei, 28, of 2, Lorong Sentosa 4, Pelabuhan Kelang, Selangor; Mohd Fauzi Shaharom, 23, of 1, Jalan Klinik, Felda Sungai Satong, Kota Tinggi, Johor, and Mohd Sham Baharom, 34, of 1039, Taman Intan, Taman Selamat, Grik, Perak. 

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