KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 26 stolen luxury vehicles worth about RM3mil were seized following raids in several states.
Nine men aged between 30 and 40 were detained in the operation codenamed Ops Lejang conducted from December last year and April this year.
Kuala Lumpur police chief Comm Datuk Azmi Abu Kassim said among the stolen vehicles were 12 Toyota Vellfire, three Mercedes-Benz, three BMW and a Ford Ranger.
“The syndicate would swap details of the stolen vehicles with that of vehicles that had been disposed of or declared as total loss by insurance companies.
“After the details had been swapped, the syndicate would register the stolen vehicles with the Road Transport Department (JPJ) and Puspakom,” he told a press conference at the KL police headquarters yesterday.
“Basically the syndicate would “resurrect” vehicles that had been declared as ‘total loss’ through the swap,” he said.
Investigations revealed that the syndicate has been raking in profits of between RM30,000 and RM40,OOO for each vehicle sold, Comm Azmi said.
“We believe the syndicate has been operating since December last year.
“The investigation is still ongoing and we are not ruling out the possibility of making more arrests,” he said.
On another matter, Comm Azmi said the police would propose to the court, a re-study of the method of disposing and destroying evidence, especially fireworks.
He said the study must be conducted to find a suitable method of disposing evidence.
“We will look to better methods to dispose of evidence based on the report by the Fire and Rescue Department.
“It needs to be done as it is not suitable to dispose of certain case items in a certain manner, thus a proper method must be identified,” he said.
He was commenting on Tuesday’s explosion at the Sentul police’s evidence storage.
“The disposal method at the Sentul storage followed the instructions issued by the magistrate.
On Tuesday, three civilian personnel sustained minor injuries following an explosion at the Sentul police’s storage.
Meanwhile on a separate matter, Comm Azmi said KL police are ready to be deployed during the festive season to ensure the safety of the public.
“Only 10% of the KL police strength are allowed to go on leave this festive season. Personnel from the mobile patrol vehicle (MPV) unit and the Motorcycle Patrol Unit (URB) will step up patrols especially in housing areas,” he said.