Two friends nabbed in KK over spate of vehicle thefts

KOTA KINABALU: Two friends believed to have been involved in a spate of vehicle thefts around the city over the past four months have been nabbed.

Kota Kinabalu police chief Asst Comm Habibi Majinji said in a press conference on Tuesday (April 30) that the two suspects – a foreigner aged 20 and a local in his 30s – were arrested on April 25 and 27.

He said the foreigner was caught somewhere in downtown Kg Air at about 1.30am on April 25, while the other man was nabbed at Kg Pengesahan nearby at about 4.15am two days later.

Two motorcycles believed stolen were recovered from the men.

"We believe these suspects are involved in at least nine thefts over the past four months," ACP Habibi said, adding that the police were also hunting two more accomplices to assist with investigations.

In an unrelated case, three people comprising a local man, 22, and two foreign women, aged 23 and 47, were arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs at a shopping complex here on April 29.

"These suspects were caught with five plastic packets containing what we suspect is syabu (meth)," he said.

ACP Habibi said the drugs weighed about 251.40gm and worth RM37,710.

If convicted under the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, these suspects could be sentenced to life imprisonment or given the death penalty.


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