Ipoh cable theft suspects nabbed in Kedah

IPOH: Four men have been arrested for suspected involvement in a cable theft here over a week ago.

Perak police chief Comm Datuk Seri Mohd Yusri Hassan Basri said the men, aged between 38 and 42, were arrested in Padang Serai and Sungai Petani in Kedah on Monday (Feb 26).

"We've also seized equipment used to steal cables.

"During interrogation, all four confessed to being involved in cable thefts in the city," he said in a statement on Tuesday (Feb 27).

He added that all four suspects tested positive for methamphetamine and would be remanded until Friday (March 1) to help with the investigation.

Comm Mohd Yusri said police were called to the scene of a cable theft in Taman Ipoh Jaya Timur on Feb 19.

"Our team tried to stop a four-wheel drive from leaving the scene and gave chase.

"Several mobile patrol vehicles were involved in the car chase which led to the North-South Expressway.

"The vehicle was found later but four suspects got away," he added.

Comm Mohd Yusri said the matter was being investigated under Section 379 of the Penal Code for theft.

"Those found guilty can face jail up to seven years or fined or both.

"The matter is also being investigated under Section 186 of the same Code for obstructing a public servant from performing his duties, which is liable to a fine of up to RM10,000 or jail up to two years or both upon conviction.

"We welcome cooperation from the people. Channel any information on criminal activities to the Ipoh police control centre at 05-254 2222," he said.

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