Gang of thieves terrorising ECRL construction sites nabbed

KUANTAN: A gang of thieves who have been stealing building equipment along the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) construction sites for more than a year has finally been taken down by police.

Maran OCPD Deputy Supt Norzamri Abd Rahman said raids against the gang were carried out at three locations last Friday (Aug 5) after receiving a public tip-off.

He said that three men and a woman from the so-called Geng Mamat were arrested on suspicion of stealing equipment worth RM30,000 from the ECRL sites.

"In the first raid, police apprehended a man and a woman aged 21 and 25 at a house in Kampung Sungai Ling while on the second raid in Kampung Paya Pasir, a 32-year-old man was arrested.

"The third raid was carried out at 11.30pm at a house in Jalan Kampung Pertanian Pekan Tajau and a 19-year-old man was arrested for further investigation," said DSP Norzamri.

He said police also seized a Proton Iswara, an air rifle and a handcuff believed to have been used by the suspects for impersonation to extort foreign workers.

He added that a plastic packet containing 2.13gm of syabu was also found.

DSP Norzamri said the gang would steal equipment at the ECRL construction sites at night.

"Urine test found that all suspects tested positive for methamphetamine while the first and third suspects have records of drug abuse.

"The case is being investigated under Section 379 of the Penal Code, Section 379A(1) of the Penal Code, Section 8 (a) of the Firearms Act 1960, Section 89 of the Police Act 1967 and Section 12 (2) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952," he said.

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