Luck runs out for gang as cops bust in on their game

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 07 Jun 2008

PETALING JAYA: Police have busted a gang of robbers who used their spoils to gamble.

Petaling Jaya deputy OCPD Supt Abd Razak Elias said with the arrest of 10 people, police had crippled the gang believed to be involved in at least 60 robbery cases in Klang Valley and Seremban since late last year. Thirty of the cases were reported in Petaling Jaya alone.

“We arrested four men in Genting Highlands while they were gambling at 9.30am on Thursday,'' he said at a press conference here yesterday. “Based on information from them, we raided a terrace house in Klang five hours later and arrested another four men and their two foreigner girlfriends.”

The suspects were aged between 25 and 38 years, he said.

Supt Abd Razak said police seized six parang, five laptops, two plasma TVs, jewellery and two cars that were reported stolen recently - a Volkswagon Beetle and a Mitsubishi Lancer.

He added that the total value of goods seized was close to half a million ringgit.

Supt Abd Razak said the gang operated by entering homes that were left unlocked by their owners. “After they have entered the homes, they would bind and lock up the occupants before looking for valuables to steal,” he added.

He said three of the suspects were on the police’s “most wanted list'' and six more were found to have criminal records involving robbery and drugs.

“We also conducted a urine test on all of them and five tested positive for drugs,” Supt Abd Razak said.

All the suspects are being remanded until tomorrow to assist in police investigations.

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