Police smash two robbery gangs, 15 held

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 08 Jul 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: Police smashed two robbery gangs with the arrest of 15 people including the two leaders during separate operations in the Klang Valley over the past two weeks. 

The gangs, which had been active for at least six months, were responsible for over 66 armed robberies in Sentul, Brickfields, Gombak, Cheras and Petaling Jaya. 

Brickfields deputy OCPD Supt Mohd Kuzi Minai said the first gang, comprising 10 members, was busted when police picked up four men including its leader at a budget hotel in the district on June 29. 

He said follow-up investigations led police to detain another three men later – one in his house in Brickfields and two others in Puchong. 

“One of them has five previous records for several criminal offences including robbery, rioting and causing grievous hurt while one other has a previous record for robbery. 

“The gang would rob anyone they spotted – by the roadside or at the public telephone booths. They would threaten the victims with knives and parangs before robbing them,” he said, adding that the gang would also hit their victims with helmets. 

Some RM865 in cash, eight cellular phones, three motorcycles and five rings were recovered from the suspects, aged between 17 and 25. 

Police believed the gang was responsible for 26 robberies in Brickfields and Cheras and are still looking for the remaining three members, identified only as P. Vijayan, Boy and Tuyu. 

Supt Mohd Kuzi said the second gang was smashed when they arrested eight men in separate operations, codenamed Ops Copperhead Bangsar Utama, in Jalan Loke Yew and Sentul. 

He said they detained three people including the gang leader in Jalan Loke Yew on June 23 and follow-up investigations led their Sentul counterparts to arrest another five members. 

“The 12-man gang would take the victims’ vehicles after robbing them of their cash and valuables,” he said, adding that the gang was responsible for at least 40 robberies. 

Police recovered RM6,968 in cash, some foreign currencies, four parangs, two identity cards belonging to victims, 11 cellular phones, a car, three motorcycles, two pendants, four rings and a pair of earrings from the suspects, aged between 19 and 30. 

Supt Mohd Kuzi said four members of the gang were still at large. They were known as Lobo @ Bobo, Sam, Sharif and Suresh.  

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