KUALA LUMPUR: Police have busted a car theft syndicate and recovered five luxury vehicles worth a total of RM2.8mil (S$ 1.03 million).
Seven people, including the group's mastermind, have also been arrested.
City CID Chief Senior Asst Comm Zainuddin Ahmad said that police had received a report on April 19 regarding the theft of five luxury vehicles - a Porsche Panamera Turbo, a Land Rover Evoque, an Audi A5SE, a Toyota Vellfire and a Bentley Continental - from a car workshop along Jalan Chan Sow Lin near here.
SAC Zainuddin said that following the report, a police team had recovered two of the five stolen vehicles, namely the Porsche Panamera Turbo and the Bentley Continental, on Tuesday at a playground in Taman Kota Sarang Semut in Alor Setar.
He said the Land Rover Evoque had also been recovered in Kedah.
Following the seizure of the three vehicles, police arrested two men, aged 22 and 24, and a woman, aged 30, at a restaurant in Mutiara Damansara at about 6.15am on Saturday.
SAC Zainuddin said that police had then raided a condominium unit at Jalan Persiaran Tropicana and managed to arrest another two men, aged 30 and 37, as well as a 23-year-old woman, and recovered another two luxury vehicles - the Toyota Vellfire, that was stolen from the workshop in Cheras, and another Toyota Mark X, that was reported lost in another case.
He added that another suspect, a 48-year-old man, was arrested at about 5pm on Saturday at an apartment in Puchong Utama.
"We believe that the stolen vehicles were meant to be sold in a neighbouring country but we are still investigating," he told The Star.
SAC Zainuddin said that two of the seven suspects had previous criminal records.
All seven are being remanded to facilitate further investigations.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar had earlier on Saturday congratulated the police in a post on Twitter on the recovery of the luxury vehicles and arrests.