KUALA LUMPUR: RM5mil worth of luxury vehicles were seized after police crippled a nationwide syndicate that stole luxury vehicles and re-sold them as cloned vehicles.
City police chief Comm Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim said police got on the syndicate's trail after a 68-year-old man reported his Toyota Vellfire, worth RM400,000, as stolen at Taman Bukit Maluri, Kepong around 2am on Nov 6.
"We formed a task force and managed to track down and arrest one of the members of the syndicate in Melaka on Nov 25.
"We interrogated the suspect and conducted a followup crackdown on the syndicate between Nov 25 and Dec 4 in Kuala Lumpur, Negri Sembilan, Johor, Melaka and Kelantan.
"We arrested eight suspects including an Indonesian man and a local woman. They are aged between 25 and 53," he told reporters at Sentul police headquarters on Wednesday (Dec 11).
He said police seized 17 vehicles including three Lexus, two Toyota Land Cruisers, three Honda CRV, two Honda HRV, two Honda Civic, a Honda Accord, a Toyota Estima, a Toyota Camry, a Toyota Vellfire and a Mitsubishi Triton.
"The vehicles were estimated to be worth RM5mil. We also seized equipment such as GPS trackers, key-fob replicator tools, master keys and chassis number tampering equipment," he said.
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