Background check on guards after luxury car theft

Background check on guards after luxury car theft
(From left) ACP Yahaya, Insp Maslina Musa, Deputy Supt Mohd Radzi Ahmad and ASP Kwek with the recovered Bentley and Audi at the Subang Jaya district police headquarters.

PETALING JAYA - The background of security personnel at the heavily guarded Subang Heights here will be scrutinised following the theft of two luxury cars worth RM1.5mil (S$535,800) from a businessman's house and their recovery hours later at a hotel near Port Klang.

The Bentley and Audi belonging to Subang Foochow Association deputy president Datuk Seri Wong Ing Soon were found at the hotel parking lot in Persiaran Raja Muda Musa, Pandamaran, Klang, hours after they were stolen from his house at around 4.30am on Saturday.

Subang Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Yahaya Ramli said the crime was carried out by a gang of professionals.

"The modus operandi for these professionals is to have one person steal the car while another will be responsible for finding a spot to park the stolen vehicle. The car will then be picked up by a different person.

"We believe that the recent theft was carried out by a gang of three to four people," he said.

ACP Yahaya said police were hunting down the suspects.

"We will also investigate the background of the security guards at the residential area. It is very rare for them to let the cars enter and leave the neighbourhood easily at such an hour," he said.

ACP Yahaya said a team led by Senior Investigation Officer Asst Supt Kwek Chwuen Hin had detected and recovered the vehicles from the hotel at about 11.30am on Saturday.

"A tracking system is installed in the cars. After more than five hours of surveillance, police recovered the cars," he said, adding that CCTV footage showed a man entering Wong's house through the back and prising open the bedroom window on the first floor.

"He took the keys from the room and escaped through the front door," he said.

A source close to the investigation said the cars could have been stolen by a gang of professionals intent on smuggling them overseas.

"There were previous instances in which stolen cars were found stored in containers at Port Klang for the purpose of shipping them overseas," he said.

Both Wong and Community Policing Malaysia founder Kuan Chee Heng have thanked the police for their swift response.

Wong said he was shocked to find his two cars missing at around 6am on Saturday.

"CCTV footage showed a man driving the Bentley at around 4.30am. He came back to steal the Audi at 5.10am accompanied by another car," he said.

Wong lodged a police report at around 8am.

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