SHAH ALAM: Police believe they have busted a luxury car theft syndicate involved in smuggling out 51 vehicles worth RM12.6mil into Thailand with the arrest of five men recently.
Selangor police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Tun Hisan Tun Hamzah said they were now faced with the daunting task of tracing and bringing back the stolen cars.
The men, aged between 27 and 48, were arrested in the Klang Valley, Kelantan and Kedah between April 17 and May 3.
DCP Tun Hisan said the unemployed suspects mainly targeted Toyota models, BMW and Mercedes Benz vehicles.
He said police also recovered a Toyota Estima and a BMW X5.
“Some of the stolen vehicles are equipped with GPS trackers and immobilisers. The suspects used hand-held devices to disable the GPS tracker and immobilisers,” DCP Tun Hisan said yesterday.
He said luxury cars like BMW and Mercedes Benz were mostly car-jacked while Toyota cars were stolen while parked.
“The syndicate had been active since early last year and we believe there are more accomplices still at large. We are confident of nabbing them soon,” he added.
He also slammed the lax security checks on Malaysian vehicles being driven across the borders.
“The current procedure of taking a vehicle out of the country only requires the driver to show a copy of the grant and road tax, both of which could be easily forged,” he said.
DCP Tun Hisan called on the authorities concerned to introduce a new system which would require drivers of the vehicles to sign and provide their personal details to be cross-checked on the existing system.
In KLANG, police crippled another car theft syndicate that had been operating for the past three months.
Selangor CID chief SAC Mohd Adnan Abdullah said following a three-day raid between April 23 and 25, four suspects were arrested from two different locations in the Klang Valley.
The police also confiscated nine cars, of which six have been reported stolen.
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