GEORGE TOWN: Police believe they have solved 17 motorcycle theft cases with the arrest of a teenager who used social media to make his ill-gotten gains
The youth, 19, was detained at about 3am in Jalan Burmah when he showed up to discuss a sale with a potential buyer.
Initial police probe revealed that the teenager, who is unemployed, would steal motorcycles in Bandar Baru Air Itam and other areas before selling them for between RM350 (S$130) and RM1,500 via the social media.
Police have also picked up his 18-year-old accomplice who helped deliver stolen motorcycles to buyers and was paid RM50 for each deal.
It is learnt that the main suspect would steal motorcycles and keep them at parking spots of high-rise buildings in the vicinity of Bandar Baru Air Itam.
George Town OCPD Asst Comm Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said police had recovered 10 motorcycles worth about RM10,000 from him and some of the buyers since the suspect was detained.
"We ambushed him when we learnt that he was to meet a buyer in Jalan Burmah at 3am on March 9 to sell a stolen machine.
"After his arrest, he led us to Rifle Range flats and Sri Swarna apartment in Bandar Baru Air Itam to retrieve some of the stolen machines that were parked there.
"We are still looking for seven other motorcycles," he told a press conference at George Town police district headquarters yesterday.
ACP Mior Faridalathrash said the case was being investigated as motor vehicle theft under Section 379A (1) of the Penal Code, which carries a jail term of up to seven years, a fine, or both, upon conviction.
He added that the cases were also being investigated under Section 411 and Section 414 for possession of stolen items and disposing them.