Nine nabbed over theft of Bitcoin machines


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 28 Feb 2018

Cyberware: ACP Megat Mohammad (centre) showing the machines seized from the suspects.

SERDANG: Police have busted a gang specialising in stealing Bitcoin mining machines after they tried to sell the half million ringgit equipment via online shopping sites.

Serdang OCPD Asst Comm Megat Mohammad Aminudin Megat Alias said the nine suspects were arrested at about 10pm on Feb 23.

“We were acting on information obtained when the suspects at­­tempt­­ed to sell the equipment via Mudah.my and Facebook.

“We managed to recover 58 Bitcoin machines worth more than RM500,000,” he said.

He added that the suspects were believed to be involved in various cases, including robbing a Bitcoin miner in Serdang on Feb 16.

“We received four other similar reports in the Serdang area.

“We managed to solve two cases with the arrests of the suspects.

“As for the remaining two cases, we have credible leads and we are still investigating,” ACP Megat Mohammad said.

In an unrelated case, a gang of robbers, consisting of mostly Fili­pinos, was detained after robbing a man of RM7,000 at a hypermarket in Puchong.

ACP Megat Mohammad Aminud­in said the robbers moved in a group of six and approached the victim at the hypermarket at about 12.30pm on Feb 25.

“One of them feigned fainting and while the victim was distracted, one of the suspects picked the victim’s pocket and stole the RM7,000 cash before the rest of the gang members fled.

“However, the victim managed to catch up to one of the suspects and detained him before handing the suspect over to the police,” he said.

The detained suspect – a 40-year-old Filipino man – led police to seven of his accomplices.

“The suspects were in the midst of leaving for Thailand by bus when the arrests were made,” ACP Megat Mohammad said.

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