KOTA KINABALU: The man killed in a shootout with police early Tuesday (Feb 13) was a gang leader with a long criminal record, says Asst Comm M. Chandra.
The city police chief said that the suspect, a 30-year-old Filipino named Kaidal Muksin, was a former convict and was wanted for a series of break-ins and robberies.
“We believe that this man is the mastermind of a gang involved in at least 17 break-ins and robberies in the Kota Kinabalu, Penampang and Papar districts,” he said during a press conference here on Wednesday (Feb 14).
He said these cases involved losses of almost RM300,000.
“This man has been going in and out of prison for similar offences for years,” ACP Chandra said.
He said they were still investigating whether Kaidal and his gang are involved in other cases.
He said Kaidal and his gang are believed to have been active since 2009.
According to ACP Chandra, one of Kaidal's known accomplices is in jail, two have been detained, while one remains at large.
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