JOHOR BARU: An illegal football betting syndicate active here and Singapore has been smashed following the arrest of three men.
The syndicate, which operated from a house in Taman Bukit Indah, is believed to have been in business since the middle of last year.
Johor Baru (North) OCPD Asst Comm Wan Ali Abu Shahmah said the syndicate is believed to have collected football bets of up to RM60,000 a week or between RM250,000 and RM300,000 a month.
When our team led by Chief Insp V. Rajagopal raided the house at 1.15am on Sunday, syndicate members were busy taking bets for a football match that was being shown live, he said.
From our investigation, the syndicate operated in the city and it had a network to collect bets from punters in Singapore, he told reporters yesterday.
Items seized included a computer set, handphones, several Chinese newspapers containing football match schedules and 35 pieces of paper containing bets taken for various football matches ranging from local leagues to European and English leagues.
ACP Wan Ali said the three men two from Johor and one from Penang had been remanded until Friday.
In an unrelated case, the man who died after being struck on the head during an attempted armed robbery, has been identified as K. Punnia Karuna Haran, 47, who was a part-time worker at a meat stall in the Taman Ungku Tun Aminah market.
Last Friday, the victim entered a reflexology centre in Jalan Pendekar 1, armed with a knife and demanded money from the proprietor.
When the proprietor refused, the robber ran out of the shop and the proprietor struck him on the head with a piece of stick when he caught him.
We have submitted our investigation papers to the Deputy Public Prosecutors office for further action, added ACP Wan Ali.