JOHOR BARU - It is the end of the road for two theft syndicates that have been responsible for at least 51 break-ins and motorcycle thefts.
"One group carried out the crime by masquerading as police officers," said state police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Mohamad Mokhtar Mohamad Shariff.
A set of police uniform, a fake pistol and magazine, some weapons, 22 mobile phones, electronic gadgets, and wristwatches were among the items confiscated when the police swooped in on the two groups.
A motorcycle that was reported missing in Larkin was also seized.
In the first case, four suspects were picked up at a house in Larkin at around 7.30pm on April 2.
This led to a second raid at another house in Kebun Teh where another four men were arrested, said SDCP Mohamad Mokhtar.
"Aged between 17 and 48 years, all eight have been active in and around the Johor Baru South district for breaking-ins and robberies by impersonating as policemen," he said at a press conference here yesterday.
In a separate case, SDCP Mohamad said 12 suspects - part of a motorcycle theft and break-in syndicate - were arrested at around 11pm on April 3.
"We caught three of them in Jalan Tampoi for stealing a motorcycle, which led to the arrest of nine others around the Tampoi area," he said.
Seven of the suspects had criminal records while two of them were on the police wanted list for drugs and robbery.
"They are parasites of society and make the lives of others difficult," SDCP Mohamad said.
He added that police also recovered a stolen lorry, five stolen motorcycles, three motorcycle frames, 11 mobile phones, motorcycle components, electronic gadgets, tools, metal cables and a metal cutter from the second syndicate.