BUTTERWORTH - Police here recovered a pistol, seized three cars and arrested seven suspects hours after receiving a car theft report.
Three cars were also seized when the North Seberang Prai police team raided a double storey house in Sungai Petani, Kedah, after detaining a couple found with the stolen car.
North Seberang Prai OCPD Asst Comm Abdul Rahman Ibrahim said the car was reported stolen in Tasek Gelugor at about 5am on Tuesday and the couple in their 20s were arrested at a petrol station in Bandar Puteri, Sungai Petani, Kedah, at about 1pm.
"The police team led by ASP Mohd Yusof Ibrahim then raided a double storey house in Taman Pasir Emas Jaya, Sungai Petani, and found a car that was reported stolen in Kuala Ketil, Kedah," he said.
Police also examined a Mercedes Benz belonging to the male suspect who was detained earlier and found a Smith & Wesson revolver with three bullets below the driver's seat.
ACP Abdul Rahman said five people including a female undergraduate in the house were detained, adding that five of the suspects had criminal records and were tested positive for drugs.
He added that the house was used to strip parts off stolen vehicles.
"We believe more than three stolen vehicles have been cannibalised at the house. We are investigating the extent of their activities," ACP Abdul Rahman said at the north Seberang Prai district police headquarters in Kepala Batas yesterday.
"He added that the pistol was handed over to the Kuala Muda district police for further action.
He said the case is being investigated under Section 8 of the Firearms (Increased Penalties) Act 1971 for the revolver and Section 8 (a) of the Firearms Act 1960.
In another development, police detained a 27-year-old man after identifying the suspect from CCTV footage recorded in a 24-hour outlet that had been robbed.
The suspect was arrested in a house in Kampung Sungai Lima, Yan, Kedah, at about 5pm on Tuesday. Three parangs allegedly used in 11 reported robberies committed by the suspect were recovered.
ACP Abdul Rahman said the case is being investigated under Section 392/397 of the Penal Code for armed robbery.