Malaysian guards held over microchip heist

Malaysian guards held over microchip heist
Precious chips: Senior Deputy Comm Abdul Rahim showing some of the 84 microchips which were recovered. With him is Penang deputy police chief Deputy Comm Datuk A. Thaiveegan (second left) and Balik Pulau Deputy OCPD DSP Lai Fah Hin (second right).

GEORGE TOWN - Police here detained a 22-year-old man and six security guards who were believed to be involved in a RM80,640 (S$31,500) microchip heist at a factory in Bayan Lepas.

The 22-year-old was nabbed in Alor Setar, Kedah, at 3.30am last Thursday by the Balik Pulau district CID team after they were tipped off.

The six security guards, aged between 22 and 32, were then detained after police interrogated the youth.

Penang police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi said the six security guards, who had been active since mid last year, would steal the microchips from the factory and sell them for RM65 per unit to the 22-year-old who acted as the middleman.

"The middleman would then sell the microchips to a buyer in Hong Kong and ship them to him via courier service.

"Some 315 microchips worth RM254 each were reported missing from the factory in the latest robbery but we only manage to recover 84 as the middleman had already sold the rest. Police also recovered RM5,320 cash from his house," he told a press conference at the state contingent headquarters in Penang Road here.

SDCP Abdul Rahim said the seven suspects would be charged under Section 380 of the Penal Code which carries a jail term of up to 10 years and a fine.

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