Gangs crippled, woman among 14 arrested


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 22 Jul 2003

BY BEH YUEN HUI

KUALA LUMPUR: A woman robbery suspect, who wore a wig to prevent her from being identified by her victims during her crime spree, was among 14 people detained by Brickfields police when they crippled four robbery gangs. 

The suspect and her husband were believed to be responsible for at least 50 robbery and theft cases in the Klang Valley. 

Their activities came to an end after they were exposed while attempting to rob at a condominium in Bukit Gembira, Jalan Kuchai Lama, here on June 30. 

In the incident, the couple, aged between 30 and 40, were confronted by security guards but they managed to escape. 

However, last Monday, police detained them at another condominium in Bukit OUG, here.  

City police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Dell Akbar Khan said the suspects, believed to be drug addicts, have previous theft convictions. 

The woman, he added, would wear a wig while committing the crimes to prevent her from being recognised by anyone and to evade the police arrest. 

DCP Dell said they also crippled three other robbery gangs in separate operations between July 7 and July 17. 

DCP Dell said at a press conference yesterday that the first gang was busted with the arrests of six men when police stopped a Proton Perdana along Jalan Thamby Pillai on July 7. 

He said the suspects, aged between 17 and 25, were mostly targeting used-car outlets, hardware and furniture shops. Seven parangs, helmets and some break-in tools were seized from them. 

On July 9, police picked up two men of another robbery gang, in connection with a break-in at the Sentral condominiums in Brickfields, here, earlier. 

The two, aged 35 and 40, were arrested at a condominium in Ukay Perdana, Ulu Kelang. 

DCP Dell said last Thursday, police busted the third gang with the arrests of four men including a taxi driver when they raided an outlet at the Low Yat Plaza shopping complex. 

“We recovered 24 laptop computers, computers, printers and a scanner, which were reported stolen in several break-ins involving offices in Old Klang Road, Taman Tan Yu Lai and Brickfields. 

“Two of the suspects have previous records in house break-in, theft and robbery,'' he said, adding the suspect, aged between 19 and 62, moved around in the taxi. 

DCP Dell said the items seized from the four gangs worth a total of about RM300,000.  

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