BUTTERWORTH: Police have busted three motorcycle theft gangs with the arrest of 10 people, including a 16-year-old female school dropout.
North Seberang Prai OCPD Asst Comm Azmi Adam said they also seized stolen motorcycles and dismantled parts worth about RM90,000.
He said following the arrests, police believed they had solved at least 10 motorcycle thefts in the district.
He said all the suspects tested positive for drugs.
ACP Azmi said policemen on crime prevention rounds first picked up five suspects, known as the Geng Lahar Kepar, in Kepala Batas on Monday.
The suspects aged between 17 and 20 admitted to stealing four motorcycles.
“We seized two motorcycles which have yet to be dismantled. We also recovered some motorcycle parts.
“The suspects led us to the Kampung Datuk water canal in Kepala Batas, where we found several frames in the water,” he said at a press conference at the police district headquarters in Bertam, Kepala Batas, near here yesterday.
On the second group known as Geng Nyior Sebatang, ACP Azmi said policemen from the serious crime division detained three suspects, including the teenage girl, at their houses in Tasek Gelugor and Kepala Batas on Tuesday.
He said the suspects aged between 16 and 26 then led police to Sungai Kereh Lahar Yooi, Tasek Gelugor, where police recovered several motorcycle parts in the water.
“Initial investigation showed they were involved in at least five motorcycle theft cases in the north Seberang Prai district,” he said.
On the third group known as Geng Kampung Selamat, police detained two suspects aged 19 and 20 in Tasek Gelugor on Thursday night.
They seized motorcycle parts in the surrounding areas of the suspects’ houses.
Also present were Deputy OCPD Supt Abd Aziz Daud and district serious crime division chief officer ASP Mohd Yusof Ibrahim.