Ex-convicts nabbed for stealing vehicles

Stolen property: An officer pointing to where the thieves had filed off the Ford Fiesta’s chassis and engine number.

SHAH ALAM - Three unrepentant ex-convicts found themselves on the wrong side of the law after they were arrested in connection with multiple vehicle thefts around Gombak and Selayang.

The three men, aged between 31 and 36, were arrested in front of a house in Taman Sri Gombak, Batu Caves, at around 1.15pm on Thursday.

They were previously jailed for offences such as vehicle theft, cheating, house-breaking and drug abuse, said Selangor CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Mohd Adnan Abdullah.

"We recovered four cars - a Subaru Impreza, Mitsubishi Airtrek, Ford Fiesta and Proton Perdana - from them.

"We believe that the plate numbers were fake," he added.

SAC Adnan said the chassis and engine number of each vehicle was scraped off and tampered with.

"The forensics report will reveal the vehicles' original chassis and engine numbers.

"After we've obtained the numbers, we will be able to determine the locations where the cars were reported stolen," he said.

According to SAC Adnan, the suspects had confessed to stealing cars in Gombak and Selayang since June this year.

"They confessed to stealing 10 vehicles. We expect to recover more stolen vehicles," he said.

SAC Adnan noted that the trio, believed to be part of a vehicle theft syndicate, targeted cars parked in residential areas.

"The cars would either be resold or dismantled for spare parts," he said.