KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Seven men and a woman, believed to be members of “Geng Uden Rentap”, have been arrested in a special police operation held in several states earlier this month.
The group is suspected of being involved in robberies and snatch thefts around Sungai Buloh and Kuala Lumpur, targeting pedestrians especially women as their victims.
Sungai Buloh OCPD Supt Shafa'aton Abu Bakar said the arrest of the suspects aged between 25 and 32 was the result of police's earlier arrest of two men on Jan 2.
She said all of them were detained under the Ops Rentap special operation from Jan 4 to 11 in four raids at Taman Melawati Mall, Ampang; Bayan Lepas, Penang; Alor Setar, Kedah; and Jalan Datuk Keramat, Kuala Lumpur.
"All the suspects have their own roles including as buyers of the stolen jewellery, while the female suspect cashed out the jewellery at pawn shops," she told a press conference at Sungai Buloh police headquarters here Tuesday (Jan 14).
From the arrests, police seized various items including jewellery such as gold rings, gold chains, gold bracelets, pawn shop receipts, a Perodua Myvi and RM1,750 cash.
The seized jewellery is worth about RM26,282 and investigations found the group had been active for the past five years, she added.
Shafa'aton said police investigations found the group was involved in 70 cases around Sungai Buloh, Petaling Jaya, Gombak and Ampang in Selangor as well as Sentul and Wangsa Maju in Kuala Lumpur.
All the male suspects were tested positive for drugs and have criminal records, she said. - Bernama