Manhunt ends in recovery of stolen cars, arrests


GEORGE TOWN: Four men who stole two luxury sedans worth RM400,000 each never got the chance to profit from them.

Police seized the luxury cars and arrested the men after a three-week manhunt, said Penang Criminal Investigation Department chief Senior Asst Comm (SAC) Rahimi Ra’ais.

The stolen cars were recovered in Teluk Intan, Perak and Serdang, Selangor.

On Oct 21, SAC Rahimi said robbers armed with machetes stormed a service centre in Jalan Pengkalan near Bukit Tengah, Bukit Mertajam.

“The 33-year-old owner of the service centre lodged a police report after security guards told him that the four men fled with two cars.

“Between Oct 21 and Nov 11, police launched separate operations and arrested four men aged between 22 and 26 in Kulim and Sungai Petani in Kedah and Teluk Intan,” he told a press conference at the state contingent police headquarters here, yesterday.

SAC Rahimi said all the suspects had a criminal record, with one with a list of 17 offences.

Op success: SAC Rahimi showing the cars that were recovered after a three-week hunt. — K.T.GOH/The StarOp success: SAC Rahimi showing the cars that were recovered after a three-week hunt. — K.T.GOH/The Star

The case is being investigated under Section 393 of the Penal Code for attempted robbery and under Section 379A for vehicle theft.

It is also being investigated under Section 307 of the Penal Code for attempted murder after one suspect rammed his car into a police patrol car in Teluk Intan while attempting to flee.

Meanwhile, police foiled an attempt to smuggle drugs by sea with the arrest of three suspects at a hotel in Teluk Bahang on the island.

SAC Rahimi said they were arrested after police raided their room at 9.15pm on Thursday.

“Three men, aged between 34 and 41, were arrested after 18 bags of methamphetamine weighing 19.2kg were found in their possession.

“Two pistols and 19 rounds of ammunition were also recovered.

“We believe the drugs, valued at RM690,635 and enough for consumption by 95,922 addicts, were to be sold to neighbouring countries and delivered by sea.

“The hotel is possibly a transit point,” he added.

SAC Rahimi said police cracked a third serious case after another pistol was recovered following the arrest of a 35-year-old man in Jelutong and a 30-year-old woman in Fettes Park near here, on Nov 3.

“We found the pistol and 11 cartridges with the man, and based on investigation, we believe the duo was involved in the alleged murder of an individual who was shot dead in 2019 in Sungai Pinang.

“Checks on the man showed 17 drug-related and other offences in his criminal record,” added SAC Rahimi.

He said both suspects would be charged in court under Section 8 of the Firearms (Increased Penalties) Act with possession of the gun without a valid permit, as well as under Section 8(a) of the Firearms Act for possession of live ammunition.

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