IPOH: Police in Taiping raided two premises, which were running Bitcoin mining operations, for electricity theft.
Taiping OCPD Asst Comm Osman Mamat said the cryptocurrency mining premises in Kamunting had caused losses of about RM200,000 per month to Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB).
He said the “Ops Bersepadu Bitcoin” was conducted at about 11.45am on Wednesday (Feb 17) and two men believed to be involved in the electricity theft were arrested.
“The two local suspects, aged 19 and 34, are believed to have been involved in electricity theft for the past three months.
“Their modus operandi is to look for buildings without any occupants, and far away from residential areas.
“They would then modify the interior design of the building for ventilation purposes, and connect electricity without a meter for the mining operations, ” he said.
ACP Osman said the two suspects have been remanded for four days until Sunday (Feb 21).
He said the case is being investigated under Section 379 of the Penal Code for theft, as well as under Section 427 of the same Code for mischief.