PENDANG (Bernama) – Police in Malaysia busted a motorcycle theft gang, known as ‘Pit Sym Group’, following the arrest of one of its members in Kampung 15 Relong on May 13.
Kedah Police Chief Datuk Zainuddin Yaacob said the 28-year-old suspect was detained at around 10am at his house which also served as the place to dismantle the motorcycles’ parts, based on intelligence and information from members of the public.
“The suspect showed the police 24 motorcycle frames which had been dismantled and thrown into a river. We also found that some of the motorcycle frames are of those reported missing since 2011,” he told a press conference at Pendang district police headquarters.
Among the motorcycles found were those reported missing in the Kota Setar, Yan, and Kuala Muda area. “The stolen vehicles were dismantled at the suspect’s house and each component was then sold to buyers via WhatsApp or other social media platforms,” he said.
“The police are tracking down another suspect, aged 20. We will questions buyers of these stolen motorcycles’ parts to assist in investigations,” he said.
He said the case was investigated under Section 379A of the Penal Code.
In another development, Zainuddin said the police detained a 29-year-old man, believed to be involved in a few robberies at convenience stores around Kulim, on May 16.
He said the suspect, who was behaving in suspicious manner, was detained at around 1pm in Kulim town.
The case was being investigated under Section 395 of the Penal Code, he said.