Johor Bahru – The operated like professionals and it was like a plot from the popular The Fast and the Furious movie series.
A car theft syndicate comprised of youths had targeted homes with luxury and high-performance cars and superbikes parked in their driveways.
The group would break into victims’ homes and obtain the targeted vehicles’ keys before fleeing with the cars. They would also ransack the homes for valuables before fleeing the crime scenes.
A string of successful car thefts for the past few months, had emboldened the syndicate, which targeted homes in locations spanning from Perak to Johor.
However, their luck finally ran out when their crime spree came to an end after police crippled the syndicate with the arrest of four men and two women, believed to be part of the syndicate, in a series of raids here starting Nov 21.
Initial investigations revealed the six suspects, aged between 17 and 35, have criminal records.
Johor police chief Datuk Mokhtar Shariff said seven luxury cars and a high-powered motorcycle were seized from the suspects.
“The cars seized were two Volkswagen Passat, a Lexus, a Mini Cooper, a BMW, a Mercedes-Benz, a Toyota Estima and a BMW motorcycle,” he said at the state police headquarters here yesterday.
Police are looking for the other members of the syndicate and are in the midst of tracing the mastermind behind the crimes.
“Police are investigating the case under Section 379A of the Penal Code for vehicle theft and Section 457 of the Penal Code for breaking into a house and theft.”
With the arrests, police have solved 35 housebreaking cases in Johor, Perak and Kuala Lumpur.
In another case, police had arrested 31 foreigners, including a woman, for suspected involvement in robberies at a kongsi in Kluang, near here, on Nov 13.
Among the items seized by police were knives and parangs. They also recovered four motorcycles, cash and mobile phones in the raid. – NST