IPOH: Police here have crippled a gang of thieves with the arrest of three suspects, including one who is a detainee under the Prevention of Crime Act (Poca).
The group, known as “Geng Dobi Tiguan”, has been active since March targeting 24-hour self service laundrettes, houses and shops.
The gang was given its name due to a majority of the cases happening at laundrettes, with the group known to drive a white rented Volkswagen Tiguan with fake identification.
Ipoh OCPD Asst Comm A. Asmadi Abdul Aziz said the suspects, aged between 21 and 25 years old, were arrested at two separate houses in Bercham and Tambun on April 25.
“Initial investigations revealed that the 25-year-old mastermind of the group is a detainee from Selangor who was placed in Bercham under Poca since March 4 last year for car break-ins.
“We believe that the man made friends with the other two from Tambun, all with past criminal records, and carried out the crimes.
“Between April 10 and 24, a total of nine cases of house and shop break-ins, as well as stealing coins from launderettes were reported, and the next day a police team arrested the three, ” he told a press conference at the Ipoh District police headquarters here Tuesday (May 4).
ACP Asmadi said another 25-year-old suspect from Kampung Simee is still at large.
He said police were still investigating whether the group were involved in other cases, including car break-ins.
The suspects, including the one still at large, have prior records for break-ins, theft, and drug-related offences.
“During the arrest, we confiscated several break-in tools, laptop, mobile phones, stolen MyKAD, driving licences, 29 cigarettes boxes, and 29 beer bottles, among others.
“The stolen coins from the laundrettes had been disposed of, ” he added.
He said their remand ended Tuesday, and the police would seek an extension of the order for further investigations.
The case is being investigated under Section 457 of the Penal Code for housebreaking.
ACP Asmadi said police were also looking for a man known as R. Devindren Dass to assist in the investigations, and those with information can contact the nearest police station.