Cable theft ring smashed

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  • Saturday, 31 May 2008

KUALA SELANGOR: Police here believe they have smashed a syndicate specialising in stealing telephone cables in several districts around here with the arrest of eight locals and two foreigners.

The syndicate, believed to have been in operation for nearly a year, is suspected to have been led by a former employee of one of Telekom Bhd’s contractors.

The group would dress up in uniforms to look like Telekom contractors and even wore tags to fool anyone that might notice them digging up underground cables at night and placing them into the two lorries and a van that they used.

Kuala Selangor OCPD Supt Ibrahim Chin said the syndicate's activities had not only caused huge losses to the utility company but were also responsible for major disruptions in telephone and Internet services in various areas.

“The group has been so far linked with six such thefts, mostly in Klang, and the most recent case involves a 4km stretch near the Jeram border to Kapar on May 20,” he told reporters at the district police headquarters here yesterday.

He said Telekom lodged a police report on May 23 and police acting on a tip-off managed to arrest seven of the thieves in Kuala Langat.

Another three, including an Indian national and a Bangadeshi, who were operating a scrap metal outlet just outside the district, were arrested while they were stripping the cables for the metal wires inside.

“We have seized a machine used to strip the cables and recovered about RM140,000 worth of cables and we are looking for another three men to help in investigations into the case,” he said.

In an unrelated case, police here have smashed a syndicate involved in robbery, assault and destruction of property with the arrest of three men.

Supt Ibrahim said the syndicate, which had been active since April last year, had been involved in five robbery cases, three assault cases and another five cases involving destruction of property in the district.

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