Johor police smash vehicle theft syndicate

KOTA TINGGI - Police have busted a vehicle theft syndicate operating here with the arrest of 13 suspects including an Indonesian man.

Kota Tinggi OCPD Supt Ashmon Bajah said police also seized 10 motorcycles, five motorcycle frames and a car in a series of raids.

He said the suspects, aged between 19 and 45, were detained during an operation dubbed Ops Lejang which was conducted from May 9 to 12.

"All 12 local suspects have been identified as members of Geng Bapak Waha and had been involved in the syndicate since 2016," he said during a press conference at the Kota Tinggi district police headquarters on Wednesday.

He said during the first raid carried out at around 10.30pm on May 9, five men were nabbed at a workshop located in Felda Bukit Waha, where police found tools such as allen key and spanner used by the suspects to carry out their activities.

Three hours later, police detained another suspect at a housing area located in the same vicinity.

"After a series of investigation, police arrested another suspect at a workshop in Kampung Segundal, Tanjung Sedili with the rest of the suspects being detained in Kota Tinggi," he said.

Supt Ashmon said the suspects were remanded for seven days and the case was being investigated under Section 379A of the Penal Code, which carries a jail term of not less than one year and not more than seven years, and a fine.

He also said the case was being investigated under the Prevention of Crime Act 1959 (Poca).