Police bust copper cables theft gang

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 31 Jan 2007

BUKIT MERTAJAM: Police raided an illegal scrapyard here used to store second-hand goods and discovered millions of ringgit worth of stolen aluminium and copper cables. 

The yard was also used as a delivery centre and to process stolen cables. Thirteen workers at the yard were arrested.  

Central Seberang Prai district OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Anil Shah Abdullah said police had yet to determine the exact value of the stolen goods, believed to be worth millions of ringgit. 

“Police not only found several tonnes of cables, wires and copper but also equipment that is used to strip and separate the materials,” he told reporters at the yard yesterday.  

The 13 workers arrested, six of whom are Indian nationals, are aged between 30 and 40 years.  

“Police are checking if the Indian nationals have valid work permits,” ACP Mohd Anil Shah said. 

“We are also trying to identify the owner of the premises.” 

He said the cables found in the scrapyard belonged to utilities companies such as Telekom Malaysia Bhd and Tenaga Nasional Bhd. 

“The scrapyard does not have an operating licence although we believe it has been operating for the past few months,” he said.  

He added that the raid was part of Ops Second-Hand which started last week and which ends today.  

“Though Ops Second-Hand ends today, we will still conduct raids and inspections from time to time,” he said.  

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