Penang cops cripple 'Ah Boy' gang with capture of ringleader

Penang cops cripple 'Ah Boy' gang with capture of ringleader
Supt Shafien explaining how the ‘Ah Boy’ gang duplicates car keys during the press conference in Nibong Tebal.

NIBONG TEBAL - Police have crippled an "Ah Boy" gang believed to be responsible for several robberies and car thefts in Penang and Kedah since the beginning of the year.

South Seberang Prai OCPD Supt Shafien Mamat said with the arrest of four suspects, including its 32-year-old gang leader, police believe they have solved more than 13 robbery and car theft cases.

He said, acting on information, a task force from the district police headquarters raided a budget hotel in Taman Tambun Indah, Simpang Ampat near here, at about 6am on Dec 6 and picked up the suspects aged 26 to 35.

"Police recovered nine mobile phones of various brands, a sling bag containing six packets believed to be syabu and five car keys inside the hotel room," he told a press conference at the district police headquarters in Jawi near here yesterday.

Supt Shafien said following the arrest, the suspects led police to various locations in the district and five cars - a Toyota Altis, a Proton Waja, two Proton Perdana and one Proton Satria - were recovered.

"The task force also found a long parang and a rotan hidden in the Toyota Altis which was taken during a robbery," he said.

He said all the four suspects tested positive for drugs and had previous police records for various offences. They have been remanded for a week to facilitate investigations.

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