KUALA LUMPUR: A syndicate paid RM25,000 in monthly rental for a posh bungalow in Cheras to run an illegal gambling racket which raked in RM100,000 daily.
The syndicate folded after the police busted its operations and arrested 18 people, including 10 Chinese nationals.
Acting on a tip-off, a team from Kuala Lumpur CID raided the house in Taman Orkid Desa in Cheras at about 11.45pm on Wednesday.
Kuala Lumpur CID chief Senior Asst Comm Saiful Annuar Yusoff said police arrested five men and five women from China along with eight local men during the raid.
“We seized various items, including 109 mobile phones, 27 laptops and RM54,000 in cash. The seized items are worth about RM300,000, ” he said yesterday.
Initial investigations revealed that the syndicate was using the premises as a call centre to promote illegal gambling for the local market, he added.
“They have been operating for about three months. Each worker was paid between RM5,000 and RM7,000 monthly while the caretaker earned RM15,000 a month, ” he said.
SAC Saiful Annuar said the syndicate was believed to be raking in about RM100,000 daily.
“We will investigate the extent of the syndicate’s operations, ” he said.
He also advised the public not to be involved with illegal gambling as stern action would be taken.
Those with information on any criminal activity can contact the KL CID special operations room at 03-2146 0670 or the KL police hotline at 03-2115 9999.
In Gombak, three men were detained for allegedly breaking into a house in Taman Sri Gombak and stealing various items worth a total of RM40,000.
Gombak OCPD Asst Comm Arifai Tarawe said the incident occurred at about 3.30pm on Monday when three suspects, who were armed with knives, escaped with the loot, including jewellery, mobile phones and cash.
“They forced the victim to open a safe before emptying it.
“We tracked down the three men separately in Gombak and Hulu Selangor on Wednesday, ” he said when contacted yesterday.
The suspects aged 20 and 21, would be remanded, he added.
“We also managed to recover various items believed to have belonged to the victim.
“We are also tracking down the suspects’ other accomplices, ” he said.