COPS CLOSE IN ON M-CY­CLE THEFT GANG

Pe­nang police ar­rest five gang mem­bers

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PE­NANG police are hot on the heels of a mo­tor­cy­cle theft gang known as “Pak Tam”. North­east district police chief As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Anuar Omar said police ar­rested five of its mem­bers, aged be­tween 19 and 21, re­cently but many mem­bers of the gang were at large.

“This is a no­to­ri­ous mo­tor­cy­cle theft gang. The mem­bers who were ar­rested led us to two mo­tor­cy­cle frames be­hind a house in Tasek Gel­u­gor and 45 mo­torcy- cle frames in Sun­gai Kereh and Sun­gai Jarak Tasek Gel­u­gor,” he said.

He said police had traced eight of the mo­tor­cy­cle frames to pre­vi­ous theft cases and were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the re­main­ing 39 frames.

“The gang had scrapped the chas­sis num­bers of the mo­tor­cy­cles, mak­ing iden­ti­fi­ca­tion dif­fi­cult,” he said.

He said one of the gang mem­bers ar­rested had a pre­vi­ous mo­tor­cy­cle theft record and ad­mit­ted to steal­ing a few mo­tor­cy­cles with an­other gang mem­ber since Jan­uary.

“One of the men is a mid­dle­man in the sale and pur­chase of stolen mo­tor­cy­cles and the other two were buyers.

“They re­moved the mo­tor­cy­cles’ spare parts be­fore the mo­tor­cy­cles were sold,” he said, adding that three of the sus­pects were un­em­ployed, while the other two worked in fac­to­ries.

He said police also crip­pled an­other mo­tor­cy­cle theft gang known as “Syahir”.

“This is a two-mem­ber gang. The two men, aged 21 and 23, were ar­rested at their homes in Tasek Gel­u­gor.

“The sus­pects, both of whom work in fac­to­ries, ad­mit­ted to steal­ing mo­tor­cy­cles at the north­east district since last month and led us to six mo­tor­cy­cle frames dumped in Sun­gai Datuk Kera­mat in Tasek Gel­u­gor.”

He said three of the mo­tor­cy­cle frames had been traced to pre­vi­ous mo­tor­cy­cle theft cases and three more were be­ing an­a­lysed.

He added these gangs of­ten stole in one district and took the ve­hi­cles to an­other district where they dis­man­tled the spare parts and dumped the frames.

PIC BY MIKAIL ONG

As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Anuar Omar (left) with some of the mo­tor­cy­cle frames found af­ter ar­rest­ing five mem­bers of the ‘Pak Tam’ mo­tor­cy­cle theft gang.

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