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PUBLISHED: Jun 25, 2014 4:56pm

Palembang gang use same rented vehicle in two-year crime spree

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ZALINAH NOORDIN By:
Zalinah Noordin

Balik Pulau district police chief Supt Lai Fah Hin (middle) says police are tracking down the remaining three members of Gang Palembang. — TRP pic by Zalinah Noordin

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BALIK PULAU, June 25:

A four-member gang from Palembang has been carrying out their crime spree over the last two years in the same rented vehicle.

Gang Palembang, comprising three men and a woman had been renting a Proton Waja for RM100 a day from the same owner to carry out their activities.

The gang would return to their homeland every now and then, believed to be by boat. The gang would return to Malaysia to carry out their crimes close to festive seasons, when they would rent the same vehicle.

Balik Pulau district police chief Supt Lai Fah Hin said the gang’s modus operandi was revealed when a team of policemen headed by Insp Premkumar had stopped a suspicious looking man driving a Proton Waja in Jalan Tengah, Bayan Baru at 11.30pm on June 21.

“The suspect, 29, has been remanded by police until this Friday while the two other men and woman are still at large. However, we are confident of tracing them soon.”

Police have seized the car,  various smart phones, laptops and keys believed to be used to steal vehicles.

The items seized are believed to be worth more than RM10,000.

The gang was also believed to have been involved in a series of robberies which involved smashing car windows and snatching belongings.

Also seized were items such as cutters, two hammers, gloves and masks believed to be used during the robberies.

Lai said the stolen and snatched items would be sold to pawn shops.

The case, he said, would be investigated under Section 395/397 of the Penal Code for robbery and  Section (6) (3) of the Immigration Act 1959/1963.

Meanwhile, a local gang comprising four men aged between 18 and 29 have also been nabbed following a series of break-ins and robberies at convenience stores in the Bayan Lepas area.

The gang was crippled on June 19 about 3am when they were seen driving in a suspicious manner.

“They would rob various convenience stores of cash and cigarettes.”

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