MELAKA: A 14-year-old teenage girl was among nine individuals arrested by police for alleged involvement in a motorcycle theft gang.
Melaka Tengah OCPD Asst Comm Afzanizar Ahmad said the teenager was detained after police launched a series of operations to cripple "Geng Apir", which specialises in motorcycle theft.
"The gang surfaced in February, and police started tracking their activities following a report lodged over a motorcycle theft at Kampung Lapan on April 8," he said on Wednesday (April 21).
ACP Afzanizar said police detained all the suspects on the same day at various locations here.
He said a 23-year-old was the gang leader, while a 22-year-old lorry driver acted as a middleman to sell cannibalised parts to motorcycle shops and individuals.
ACP Afzanizar said police also recovered various motorcycle parts stored at gang members' homes, with the recovered stolen parts said to have an estimated value of RM36,000.
He said close to 14 reports on motorcycle thefts had been solved with the arrests, with the suspects remanded under Section 379A of the Penal Code for motorcycle theft.
ACP Afzanizar the suspects used the proceeds from selling the stolen parts to fuel their drug addiction.
In another incident, police arrested a 16-year-old schoolgirl suspected to be a notorious drug peddler in Sungai Udang here on April 16.
She was arrested along with her boyfriend, who is 30 years her senior.
The teenager and the 46-year-old man were arrested while hiding among bushes in what appears to be their hideout while waiting for drug addicts to collect their supplies from them.