KOTA KINABALU: Police in Sabah's east coast Tawau have uncovered a theft gang specialised in stealing motorcycles that would be stripped for parts to be sold following the arrests of five suspects.
The suspects, aged between 18 and 25 years old, were arrested at Mile 32, Jalan Tawau-Kunak at about 6am on Saturday (April 1) after a police team on crime prevention patrol came across the group.
Tawau OCPD Asst Comm Jasmin Hussin said the five were initially arrested for breaking into a grocery store in Ladang Sri Kunak on Friday (Mar 31).
"Further investigation found that those arrested were also involved in stealing and disassembling motorcycle components.
"One of the suspects led us to the discovery of motorcycle parts and also a motorcycle in the Bukit Gemok garbage disposal area," Jasmin said in a statement Sunday (April 2).
Jasmin said police investigations found that the motorcycle and other components recovered were reported missing in Kampung Ranggu (in Tawau) on March 19.
He said that all suspects have been remanded for a week and investigations were being carried out for theft.
Jasmin said that police were ramping up operations under the "Aggressive Policing" concept in an effort to deal with crime and drug cases in the district.
He said the police will not compromise and would go all out against the bad hats in the district.