Three ah long debt collectors nabbed for intimidating borrower

IPOH: Three people, including a woman, have been arrested for throwing red paint at a house and threatening a loan shark debtor in Bandar Baru Seri Klebang here.

Perak police chief Comm Datuk Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said on Friday (Feb 26) that the suspects, aged between 21 and 39 years old, were arrested in a rented room in Bercham at about 5pm on Feb 16 following a week-long investigation.

Comm Mior Faridalathrash said all three tested positive for methamphetamine.

"We received a report on Feb 10 that a woman's house was splashed with red paint.

"A notice was also pasted at the front gate warning the woman's son, who is believed to have borrowed money from loan sharks, to pay off an unspecified debt," he told a press conference here.

"We seized three mobile phones, two bottles containing red liquid, clothing and two plastic jugs," he said.

Comm Mior Faridalathrash said police believe that the three individuals are part of a syndicate hired by loan sharks to threaten debtors.

"We believe their operations started in March last year.

"They would also take videos of the act of throwing paint at houses and use these to threaten others," he said.

He said the suspects collectively have 36 prior criminal offences.

"The first suspect has 25 priors, including vehicular theft, mischief, gang robbery, burglary, and drug-related offences," he said.

The suspects have been remanded for four days, he added.

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