Five nabbed for allegedly stealing over four tonnes of steel

JOHOR BARU (Bernama): Five men were detained on suspicion of stealing over four tonnes steel at Kampung Awat, Batu Anam near Segamat.

Segamat district police chief Supt Raub Selamat said the five suspects, all Malaysians, were detained following a police report lodged by Tenaga Nasional Bhd after discovering that the steel, meant for construction of a substation tower, had been stolen.

He said, police, acting on information, managed to locate and detain two suspects, aged 34 and 35, in Tampin near Negri Sembilan on the same day.

"According to workers, the steel was left there on Oct 24, but when they returned two days later, they found that the steel was gone.

"Based on investigations from the two suspects, we managed to seize a three-tonne lorry believed to have been used to transport the steel that is estimated to be 3,510kg as well as a receipt of sale," he said in a statement Wednesday (Oct 28).

He said that investigations revealed that both suspects had prior criminal records.

Following the arrest of the first two suspects, police managed to detain another three local men, aged between 29 and 62, at a used items collection centre in Segamat on Tuesday (Oct 27) night, on suspicion of being involved in the case.

Raub said that all suspects were remanded for three days beginning Wednesday day and the case was being investigated under Section 379 of the Penal Code. – Bernama

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