Johor cops cripple car theft gang, on the hunt for leader 'Alan Boy'

Seri Alam OCPD Supt Ismail Dollah looking at a dismantled Honda Civic at Ulu Tiram Police Station on Wednesday (June 12).
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JOHOR BARU - The police are on the hunt for a man in his 30s believed to the leader of a car thief syndicate known as "Geng Alan Boy" that has been active for the past two months here.

Seri Alam OCPD Supt Ismail Dollah said that this followed the arrest of all 11 of the gang's members during a raid on Monday (June 10) at an industrial store at Batu 13, Sungai Tiram.

"All of the arrested suspects were between the age of 29 and 45 and staying within the Johor Baru area. And we are still on the look-out for their leader, known as 'Alan Boy'.

"The syndicate targets second-hand or old cars that are easier to steal before dismantling it and selling the parts in the city," he said at a press conference at the Ulu Tiram Police Station here Wednesday (June 12).

Supt Ismail added that the raid was conducted at about 8.30pm after a week-long investigation that had led the police to an industrial store at Sungai Tiram.

"We found 13 vehicles inside the store with six having been reported missing from several areas in Johor.

"We also found two motorcycles with damaged chassis numbers," he said, adding that the vehicles have been reported missing in areas such as Johor Baru South, Johor Baru North, Kota Tinggi, and Seri Alam.

The inspection also revealed that all suspect arrested have previous criminal records for various offences, including possessing and using drugs.

All suspects are currently under remand until Thursday (June 13).

The case is investigated under Section 379A of the Penal Code and Section 29(1) Minor Offences Act 1955.