House break-in and car theft syndicate busted in Johor, three arrested

JOHOR BARU: Police have busted a house break-in and car theft syndicate with the arrests of two men and a woman here.

Iskandar Puteri OCPD Asst Comm Dzulkhairi Mukhtar said the suspects, between the ages of 30 and 53, were arrested during two separate raids at around 8.45pm on Monday (Jan 18).

"Their arrests came following a report lodged by a 43-year-old contractor whose friend's house at Taman Bukit Indah had been broken into and the latter's car stolen on Saturday (Jan 16).

"The complainant went inside his friend's house and found it in a mess. The suspects had stolen various items amounting to RM50,000," ACP Dzulkhairi said, adding that the victim was working in Singapore at that time.

ACP Dzulkhairi said this in a press conference held at the Iskandar Puteri police district headquarters here on Tuesday (Jan 19).

He added that based on information, police carried out two raids in two different locations, a parking area at a service apartment in Bandar Medini Iskandar and a house along Jalan Panglin 6 in Taman Perling.

ACP Dzulkhairi said police were able to recover the missing car and another which was reported stolen in Kempas.

"We were also able to recover an assortment of items believed to be stolen, as well as various tools the suspects used to carry out break-ins. Among the items seized were a live bullet as well as drugs such as heroin and syabu.

"All three the suspects have prior criminal records and they also tested positive for drugs," he said, adding that two of the suspects admitted to carrying out break-ins around Iskandar Puteri, Johor Baru North, Segamat and Kota Tinggi.

He added the suspects were being remanded for three days until Jan 21 to help with investigations under Section 457 of the Penal Code for house break-ins and Section 379 A of the same Act for vehicle theft.

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