14-year-old girl among bike thieves arrested

Cannibalised parts: ACP Afzanizar showing the stolen motorcycles.

MELAKA: After a 16-year-old schoolgirl was arrested on suspicion of selling drugs, another teenage girl was picked up for allegedly being involved in crime.

Melaka Tengah OCPD Asst Comm Afzanizar Ahmad said the 14-year-old girl was detained after police launched a series of operations since Sunday against a motorcycle theft gang known as Geng Apir.

“The gang is believed to have surfaced in February and police started tracking their activities following

a police report lodged over a motorcycle theft at Kampung Lapan on April 8, ” he said yesterday.

He added that nine suspects were detained on the same day at various locations here. Among them was a 23-year-old man who is said to be the leader of the group and the boyfriend of the 14-year-old girl.

Also detained was a 22-year-old lorry driver who acted as a middleman to sell the cannibalised parts to motorcycle shops and individuals.

Police also recovered various parts of the stolen motorcycles that were kept at the houses of the gang members. He added the recovered stolen parts were estimated to be worth RM36,000.

ACP Afzanizar said close to 14 cases on motorcycle thefts have been solved with the arrest of the nine.

He added the suspects were believed to have used the money from selling the stolen parts to buy drugs.

On April 16, police arrested a 16-year-old schoolgirl suspected to be a notorious drug peddler in Sungai Udang here. She was arrested along with her boyfriend who is 30 years her senior.

The teenager and the 46-year-old man were arrested inside some bushes while waiting for addicts to collect their drug supplies at Sungai Udang.

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