Gang of young thieves nabbed

Gang of young thieves nabbed
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GELANG PATAH - The days of a teenage school dropout and his gang of young robbers terrorising foreign workers have come to an end following their arrest by police.

The three suspects, aged 14, 20 and 24, had been on a crime spree in Nusajaya and Johor Baru for the past two months, said police.

Nusajaya OCPD Supt Noor Hashim Mohamed said their lawless ways came to an end after their latest victim, a Bangladeshi labourer, lodged a police report with a vivid description of the trio who robbed him after work along Jalan Gelang Patah-Tanjung Kupang on Monday, as well as their getaway car.

"We spotted a black Proton Iswara that matched the victim's description in front of a 24-hour convenience store at Taman Nusantara at about 4am on Wednesday.

"The three suspects later admitted to being involved in three robbery cases," he told reporters here yesterday.

Supt Noor Hashim said the suspects also revealed that two other members of their gang remained at large.

In a separate case, police reminded the public to watch out for suspicious characters in their neighbourhood.

The reminder followed the case of a housewife who was robbed outside her home in Jalan Ceria 29, Taman Nusa Indah here at 9.30am on June 24.

"The victim had just opened her gate when two men on a motorcycle barged in, pulled her four-year-old son away and threatened to harm him by holding a knife to his neck," said Supt Noor Hashim.

"The mother handed over her valuables before the boy was released."

The two suspects were arrested the next day.

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