Duo's three-year 'stealing on the run' spree comes to an end

KUALA LUMPUR - For the past three years, two friends from Johor have been faithfully driving to Kuala Lumpur every weekend or on public holidays to engage in their favourite pastime - stealing on the run.

Dubbed the "joggers", these weekend burglars have stolen well over RM500,000 (S$195,000) from popular recreational sites dressed up for running, when their real intent is breaking into parked cars for valuables stored inside.

Their three-year spree came to an end when the duo, a cook and a wiring technician, were caught red-handed by police on Sunday.

Cheras OCPD Asst Comm Mohan Singh said the duo were spotted trying to break into a car around 10.40am at Taman Rekreasi Bukit Jalil, located near the National Sports Complex here.

"The two are known to steal valuables like cash and credit cards.

"They also put credit cards previously stolen into their new victims' purses so that the victims do not notice their credit cards are missing until much later," he said at Cheras police headquarters yesterday.

Police found 154 credit cards, five ATM cards, seven identity cards, nine driving licenses and tools for break-ins following the arrests.

It is believed that further checks on the credit cards showed that the total amount stolen is over RM500,000.

"We believe that over 300 cases have been solved following their arrests," said ACP Mohan, adding that the duo had been remanded until tomorrow.

Meanwhile, in a separate case, police arrested two men, believed to be gang members, after discovering a long knife and two steel bars in their truck at Taman Bukit Cheras on Saturday.

ACP Mohan said the two also bore tattoos with Gang 08 symbols.

In another case, Cheras police detained three men, including a security guard of an apartment, when residents found a pistol discarded in a storage room.

"A .38 revolver was found in the room in front of an elevator at Desa Sri Putri apartment," he said, adding that the suspects had been released on bail.