PETALING JAYA: Police here have arrested another five suspects believed to be involved with a group that was busted for shop break-ins and vehicle thefts.
Eight suspects were initially arrested in a series of raids on June 3 in Kepong, Desa Aman Puri and Taman Ehsan.
Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Nik Ezanee Mohd Faisal said they arrested five foreign men, following two raids at Kepong at around 5pm on Monday (June 8).
"One of the suspects previously arrested had informed us that they sold stolen cigarettes to people at the two locations raided.
"We checked the premises and seized 350 boxes of cigarettes," he said in a statement on Tuesday (June 9).
He said the suspects have been remanded for four days to help with investigations.
It was reported that eight men were arrested in connection with a string of shop break-ins and vehicle thefts here.
A police team initially arrested a man at a parking lot in Taman Teratai Mewah at around 3.30pm on June 3.
Police interrogated the suspect and then arrested seven others, following raids in Kepong, Desa Aman Puri and Taman Ehsan.
Police also seized items believed to be stolen, including 75 pairs of sunglasses, a television, wallets and identification documents, as well as three stolen cars from the suspects.
The group usually targets 24-hour convenience stores and would steal easy-to-sell items such as cigarettes.
Meanwhile, in an unrelated case, a 40-year-old suspect was arrested for stealing mobile phones here.
ACP Nik Ezanee said they arrested the suspect at around 4.30pm on Saturday (June 6), after police raided a house at Jalan PJU1A/38 at Lembah Subang.
"The suspect confessed to stealing mobile phones from a shop at a hypermarket at Kelana Jaya.
"'We checked his house and found 12 mobile phones of various makes and models."
He said the suspect has been remanded for four days to help with further investigations.
"We are now investigating if the suspect has been involved in other cases in the district.
"Our checks revealed the suspect has a prior record for drug and theft cases," he said.