'Hamper Gang' member nabbed, cops hunting for mastermind

PETALING JAYA - A member of the notorious "hamper gang" has been arrested and the police are hunting for the mastermind behind the gang.

It is learnt that police have already identified the mastermind, following the arrest the key member.

The police were confident of de­­taining mastermind soon.

Selangor deputy police chief De­­puty Comm Datuk Abdul Rahim Jafaar confirmed the arrest.

The man was detained by a special task force from Selangor CID following the latest heist by the gang at a house in Ampang late last month.

The gang had shown up at the house at around 2pm on Dec 26, disguised as delivery men bearing a hamper of fruits and a greeting card.

However, when they were allowed into the house, they robbed the owner.

The gang took off with RM50,000 (S$19,000) worth of valuables and a car.

"At around 3.30pm on Thursday, we tracked down one gang member to an apartment in Jinjang, Kuala Lumpur," said the task force's operations officer, Insp E. Thiru­chelvan.

The 25-year-old robber arrested, later confessed to being involved in at least six cases with similar modus operandi in Selangor alone.

The robber, who has eight previous criminal records, had even recently bought a brand new Toyota Camry with the money received from the robberies.

It is learnt that police had arrested members of this robbery gang before but have been able to elude police.

"Every time we arrest one of them, they recruit others," said Insp Thiru­chelvan.

The Hamper Gang became famous when a warning about the gang and their methods began circulating on the Internet and short messaging services recently.