PETALING JAYA: Nine more suspects have been caught following the arrest of four policemen linked to the theft of telecommunications cable here.
Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Mohamad Fakhrudin Abdul Hamid said police have made headway into the case following the initial arrests of the four cops from the district.
He said the policemen, who were part of the MPV (mobile patrol vehicle) team, were arrested on Sept 19.
"Following that, eight other suspects were caught on Sept 20 in operations around the Klang Valley including Kampung Sungai Kandis, Bukit Kemuning and Taman Seri Sentosa," he told a press conference on Tuesday (Sept 26) at the district police headquarters here.
ACP Mohamad Fakhrudin said one of the suspects was a foreigner and checks showed all those arrested were seasoned offenders with a total of 108 crimes records, including for drugs.
Also seized was a 4x4 vehicle which police believed was used to pull the cables out.
Investigations revealed that the stolen cables were sold at around RM100,000 for every 1.2 tonnes.
He added that the masterminds have been arrested but two more suspects are being pursued.
"We believe that the group has been actively stealing cables for a year," he said.
ACP Mohamad Fakhrudin added that the four policemen nabbed were currently on bail and disciplinary action has been initiated, which could include suspension or dismissal.