Biggest car theft ring busted

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Biggest car theft ring busted

Postby admin » Tue Apr 12, 2011 3:48 am

KUALA LUMPUR: Police have smashed a car theft syndicate which supplies vehicle parts in the illegal market in the peninsula.

Six men, in their 30s, were arrested and more than RM5mil worth of stolen car spare parts were recovered, making it the biggest car theft ring to have been busted this year.

Federal CID director Comm Datuk Seri Bakri Zinin said a special operation conducted raids in Malacca and Johor on April 8 and 9 respectively.

In Malacca, police raided three houses in Batu Berendam and Durian Tunggal, which were used to store car parts.

“The dismantled car components, including engines, were taken from stolen vehicles,” he said.

He added two men were detained while six cars and a lorry were seized during the raid.

In a follow-up operation, police raided five places in Johor Baru, including two spare-part dealerships and a storage facility. Four men were arrested.

Comm Bakri said police recovered 1,603 car parts totalling about RM5mil from various Proton models including Wira, Saga, Iswara Aeroback, Waja and Hicom lorries.

He added the police believed they have solved at least 250 car theft cases by the syndicate.

Comm Bakri said the cases were being investigated under Section 379A of the Penal Code for vehicle theft.

The six have been remanded to facilitate investigations.

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