KOTA KINABALU: They are schoolboys with a weekend occupation stealing cars.
When police busted the juvenile car-theft gang with the arrest of four schoolboys, aged between 13 and 15, on Saturday, they recovered four Perodua Kancil cars.
Two of them were detained in Kepayan here during a surprise raid. Two others who escaped the raid were arrested in Tambunan, about 100km from here.
Their activities came to light when police received a tip-off that some youths were acting suspiciously in an open area next to Taman Kendara, Kepayan, on Saturday.
A police patrol team, sent to investigate, spotted the youths allegedly cannibalising two Kancil cars at about 2.15pm.
Kota Kinabalu police chief Asst Comm Azizan Abu Taat said the four boys were from interior Tambunan who came to the city during weekends to steal cars.
He said investigation was under way to determine if they were assisted by a mastermind or were forced into theft by a syndicate.