Police believe towing service agents part of a busted car-cloning syndicate

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  • Saturday, 27 Jan 2018

Not the original: Supt A. Anbalagan (foreground) and his team checking the cloned cars at the Balik Pulau police headquarters in Balik Pulau, Penang. — GARY CHEN/The Star

BALIK PULAU: Police are looking for two car towing service agents believed to be the masterminds in a car-cloning syndicate that sells cars much lower than the market price.

Balik Pulau OCPD Supt A. Anbalagan said they were looking for Ahmad Nazrul Hassan, 41, whose last address was in Permatang Damar Laut in Bayan Lepas, and Mohd Redzuan Ahmad Redza, 30, from Relau.

“We believe they are part of the eight car cloning syndicate members arrested in Penang last Sunday.

“Ahmad Nazrul is also wanted by Ipoh police for a drug offence,” he told a press conference at the district police headquarters yesterday.

Supt Anbalagan said following a tip-off, police arrested the eight men, aged between 33 and 56 and four of them have previous criminal records.

“We recovered five cloned cars, a Toyota Estima, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Sentra and Proton Waja after interrogating them.

“The records of three of the cars were not found in the Road Transport Department’s database. We believed they were smuggled in from a neighbouring country.

“The other two were cloned from vehicles blacklisted by local banks after the owners failed to pay the monthly instalments,” he said.

He added that the syndicate would find cars of similar models and clone their car registration number to the cars.

“They also do double punching to rewrite the chassis and engine numbers.

“Then they resold the cars at cheaper prices, such as an MPV for only RM30,000.

“They also kept some cloned cars for their personal use,” he said, adding that police have not ruled out the possibility of them using cloned cars while committing crime.

The case is being investigated under Section 379A of the Penal Code for vehicle theft, Section 403 of the Penal Code for misappropriation of property, Section 7(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 for possessing or using unregistered vehicles and Section 29(1) of the Minor Offences Act 1955 for failing to provide a reasonable explanation as to how they came to possess the items.

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