Their “fishing expeditions” came to an abrupt end when a police task force tracked them down and arrested five suspects.
“A report was received on July 31 from a complainant who said he had been extorted by an unknown person. The suspect threatened to release a half-naked video of the complainant.
“He was told to transfer RM7,000 at first and an additional RM3,000 later before the suspect would delete the video,” said city police chief Comm Datuk Saiful Azly Kamaruddin yesterday.
The task force was activated after 12 reports were received on the same modus operandi, with losses of around RM16,800.
Investigations showed that the two female suspects would trawl for victims online and convince them to send nude photos or videos of themselves.
“The other three suspects would then use those photos and videos against the victims. They operated on fear,” he said.
Comm Saiful Azly said three of the five suspects had been placed under the Prevention of Crime Act 1959 (Poca).
“Four bank accounts containing about RM486,680 have been frozen,” he said.
In an unrelated case, a group of experienced car thieves, dubbed the William Gang, was crippled in a series of arrests.
The police made the arrests after a car was reported stolen in Taman Naga Emas on Aug 24.
“Police first arrested two men in Selangor which then led to another eight being caught in Kuala Lumpur.
“A store in Nilai where the syndicate had kept the stolen cars to be stripped for their parts was also discovered,” said Comm Saiful Azly.
It is understood that the arrests and find were made this month.
Jammers and immobilisers were used to steal targeted cars before being brought to the store in Nilai.
Police confirmed that the group’s mastermind, aged 39, was among the 10 arrested.
Two of the suspects were found to be still under Poca.
“The members are believed to be very experienced and have been actively stealing cars for 13 years.
“All have prior police records which include car theft,” Comm Saiful Azly said.
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