PENANG: Police have busted two gambling dens said to be capable of accepting several hundred thousand ringgit in bets daily with the arrest of about 45 people in Kampung Valdor, Nibong Tebal, and Prai, Bukit Mertajam, here.
Two police teams raided the dens, which operated from noon till the wee hours of the morning, last week.
An assortment of gambling paraphernalia such as dices, mahjong tiles and decks of cards, and cash amounting to several thousand ringgit were seized.
The gambling was in “full swing” when the teams raided the premises.
Most of the gamblers managed to escape the police dragnet. Those rounded up were aged between 25 and 49.
A check showed that the operators, said to be “interlinked”, had been active for quite some time. They would move from place to place to avoid being detected by the police.
In another incident, a 67-year-old office manager lost RM10,000 belonging to his employer to a snatch thief in Chai Leng Park shortly after coming out of a bank at about 1.30pm on Friday.
The elderly manager had just placed the bag containing the money into his motorcycle carrier basket when a man approached him. The latter suddenly grabbed the bag and ran off.
The thief managed to escape on a motorcycle ridden by an accomplice who was waiting nearby.