KUALA LUMPUR: Following a string of vehicle vandalism connected to loan sharks, police have arrested one suspect.
In a statement on Tuesday (June 6) Ampang Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Mohamad Farouk Eshak said numerous reports had been lodged previously following threats from loan sharks.
At least five police reports had been lodged, including one on May 22, where a civil servant stated that several cars, including his were damaged at Jalan AU4/1.
"Also found was a letter claiming that debts had to be paid. Four more reports were also made by the owners of the cars which were for injuries from threats and for broken car mirrors.
"Losses were estimated to be around RM5,000," he said.
The threats were believed to have stemmed from a resident in the area that had borrowed money from a loan shark.
Because of the unpaid debts, the loan sharks had proceeded to damage vehicles within the area.
A 45-year-old delivery rider had previously filed a report on April 11 stating that he had borrowed RM500 from loan sharks in January.
Black paint was thrown on his car and a letter demanding payment was found.
Following the reports lodged, a
41-year-old man was arrested on May 25 at an apartment in Bukit Ampang.
The suspect is believed to be a moneylender.
"The suspect was found to have a record for criminal and drug related offences. He was remanded until May 31.
"The suspect has since been released on police bail and
follow-up investigations are underway to trace other suspects," he said.