PETALING JAYA: Five members of a car-theft syndicate, who parked stolen vehicles at five-star hotels to avoid detection, were busted after one of their members was arrested yesterday.
Selangor police chief Datuk Tun Hisan Tun Hamzah said police nabbed the first suspect at 2.35am when he tried to break into a house in Damansara Jaya here.
"He led police to the other four suspects in a five-star hotel room here.
"We also seized six stolen cars, which were parked near an apartment rented by the suspects in Damansara," he said at the district police headquarters here yesterday.
The cars seized were a Mercedes Benz E200, a Mercedes Benz S280, a BMW 318i, two Volkswagen GTI and a Toyota Corolla Altis.
"The suspects have been using luxury hotels to hide the stolen cars so that people would not suspect anything," said Tun Hisan.
"We found that they targeted cars in Taman Tun Dr Ismail here, Kuala Lumpur and Desa Jaya in Gombak,"
He said the suspects, aged between 24 and 42, had multiple criminal records.
In a separate case, police detained eight men last week, believed to be involved in at least five lorry hijacking cases this year.
Tun Hisan said the suspects were nabbed in several locations, including Kuala Pilah in Negri Sembilan, Hutan Melintang in Teluk Intan, Perak and Petaling Jaya.
"On March 25, a lorry transporting electrical appliances was hijacked by several men armed with two guns in Subang Perdana here.
"The suspects came in two rented taxis before they blocked the lorry and pointed guns at the driver. They then tied up the victim and left him by the roadside.
"During operations carried out between March 8 and 13, we nabbed the suspects in several places."
He said police also seized RM31,100, two taxis, a Proton Iswara, a toy gun, three television sets, a home theatre set and eight mobile phones.
"The suspects were involved in four other similar cases, two each in Shah Alam and Jinjang.
"We are looking for several others for their involvement with the gang."
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