Eight suspected motorcycle thieves from two gangs nabbed by cops


AMPANG: Two gangs of motorcycle thieves were busted with the arrests of eight men in Klang Valley and Negri Sembilan.

The members of the two gangs dubbed "Gang Patah" and "Gang Ajib" were rounded up in an operation codenamed "Ops Lejang" which began on Nov 25.

Ampang Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Mohamad Farouk Eshak said police busted Gang Patah with the arrests of four men in Gombak, Sentul and Setapak.

"We arrested four men aged between 34 and 40, who worked as mechanics and dispatch riders, in a series of raids.

"We also seized three motorcycles and a frame of a motorcycle," he told a press conference at the Ampang Jaya district police headquarters on Wednesday (Dec 7).

The gang targeted motorcycles, which were parked on the ground floor of flats and apartments as well as motorcycles left at the side of the road, he said.

"We believe they have been active since last year.

"All four suspects have prior criminal records dating back as far as 2003," he said.

The gang would strip stolen motorcycles for parts before selling it on the black market, ACP Mohamad Farouk said.

"All four of them also tested positive for methamphetamine.

"They have since been handed over to Wangsa Maju police for other similar cases after their remand expired on Dec 4," he added.

In another case, ACP Mohamad Farouk said police detained another four men aged between 24 and 34 in Gombak as well as Rantau and Linggi in Negri Sembilan.

"The suspects used similar tactics of the previous gang but the stolen motorcycles were stripped for parts mostly for their own use.

"They would steal motorcycles at random times and operate in groups of two or four," he said.

Several items were seized from the suspects including three motorcycles, several mobile phones and various parts of a motorcycle, he said.

"All four suspects tested positive for methamphetamine while three of them had prior criminal records," he said.

ACP Mohamad Farouk the successful arrests of the two gangs would not be possible without the assistance of the public.

"The cooperation of the public is vital to prevent and curb crimes," he said.

Article type: free
User access status:
Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!
   

Next In Nation

KJ says he will back Umno members who want change
Umno purge: Tun Faisal latest to be sacked from party
Yayasan Petronas distributes festive goodies to 50 Labuan families
Alex Ferguson shared a valuable lesson on unity with me, says Anwar
Over RM5mil set aside for 12,450 graduates in Protege programme
Perak Perhilitan confirms tiger sightings in Chemor
Social Welfare Dept aid to continue providing monthly aid to comatose woman
Floods: Number of evacuees in Johor drops to 1,379 as of 8pm on Jan 31
RM50,000 donation received to build UTAR Hospital
Dress code for govt premises is clear, say cops after woman claims she was denied entry to police station

Others Also Read