Tuesday May 17, 2005
Beware of strangers asking for directions
SAC Abdul Rahim showing the weapons police found in three houses in Tampoi where nine people were arrested on May 1. They were suspected to be members of a gang.
JOHOR BARU: Lone drivers, especially women, are advised to be wary of strangers asking them for directions.
According to the police, the Samurai Gang was known to target solitary victims, robbing them of their valuables and car.
State CID chief Senior Asst Comm II Datuk Abdul Rahim Jaafar said the gang had been active since 2002 and its members were armed with the Japanese katana.
The gang had committed more than 50 robberies and stolen more than 20 vehicles.
“They would sell the stolen vehicles to scrap metal dealers and the jewellery to goldsmiths,” he said.
He said yesterday that on May 1, police raided three houses in Tampoi and arrested nine people, including a husband and wife, believed to be members of the gang.
Police also recovered a Proton Gen2, which the gang had stolen from a woman the day before.
SAC Abdul Rahim said police found several weapons, including samurai swords, inside the houses. Police investigations also led to the arrest of two goldsmiths who were fences for the gang’s loot.