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Car thieves' 5-star hideouts

Postby admin » Tue Apr 19, 2011 3:23 am

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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High-living syndicate members nabbed in special op

Postby admin » Tue Apr 19, 2011 3:24 am

PETALING JAYA: They lived a luxurious lifestyle – staying in posh five-star hotels while driving around in expensive cars like BMWs, Mercedes Benz and Volkswagen Golf GTIs.

However, their lavish lifestyle ended last week when police arrested them for alleged involvement with a syndicate responsible for the theft of scores of luxury cars over the past year.

Police also recovered two Mercedes Benz, two Volkswagen Golf GTI, a BMW 318i and a Toyota Altis worth more than RM1mil that were found at the car park of high-end apartments here during a special operation.

Selangor police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Tun Hisan Tun Hamzah said a special task force set up to investigate the syndicate’s activities arrested five men aged between 27 and 42 on suspicion of being part of a ring that stole luxury cars since last year.

“Our success came when we arrested a 27-year-old man who was caught breaking into a house at 2.35am on April 10,” he said, adding that upon questioning, the suspect led officers to the arrest of four men at a posh hotel in Section 16 here.

To a question, DCP Tun Hisan said the syndicate members would gain entry to these vehicles using modified Allen keys before driving the cars off and leaving them at a posh apartment building in the area.

In an unrelated case, DCP Tun Hisan said police busted a syndicate that was involved in the hijacking of cargo trailers in Selangor with the arrest of eight men.

He said the syndicate members who used taxis to avoid suspicion, were responsible for the theft of electronic goods worth more than RM1mil.

He said a task force set up in March moved in on the syndicate following a rise in the hijacking of such goods.

“Our officers raided several places in Hutan Melintang, Perak, Kuala Pilah, Negri Sembilan and here on April 8 and arrested eight men aged between 25 and 27.

“They also seized two taxis and a Proton Iswara with RM31,000 stuffed in pillows inside,’’ he said, adding that the men were involved in the hijacking of five trailers carrying television sets, DVD players and home theatre systems, among others.

Describing their modus operandi, DCP Tun Hisan said they would tail the lorries in their taxis and the Proton Iswara before cornering the lorries and holding the drivers at gunpoint.

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