JOHOR BARU: Police have crippled the largest car theft syndicate identified in the state this year with the arrest of 19 men recently under Ops Cobra Gajah.
State CID chief Senior Asst Comm II Ithnain Talib said this success was achieved following the arrest of two men during a raid led by Chief Insp Abu Bakar Mohd Yasin at Taman Ria, Plentong, on Sept 28.
Investigations revealed that the two were active in car thefts, especially in the city.
To date, 19 men, all in their 30s, have been arrested. Most of them are car thieves, brokers or buyers, he said yesterday.
The men, he said, were arrested in Johor Baru, Kota Tinggi, Kluang and Tangkak as well as in Pahang and Terengganu, adding that seven lorries, nine vans, 10 cars and a lorry engine were also seized.
SAC II Ithnain said the syndicate would obtain false registration cards and road tax discs and then sell the vehicles through phantom brokers at a very low price.