JOHOR BARU, Jan 18, 2016:
A notorious two-man burglary team, believed to be involved in several house-breaking cases in the district, was nabbed yesterday.
With the arrests, police recovered two stolen cars and a cache of stolen electronic items such as laptops, mobile phones and tablets.
In addition to that, investigators also seized a machete, a whitish powder believed to be heroin and drug paraphernalia, including an electronic weighing scale.
Johor Baru Selatan police chief Assistant Commissioner Sulaiman Salleh said a team from the district police had initiated the arrests of the two suspects in Setia Indah here yesterday during the “Ops Lejang Khas” operation.
“Both the suspects, aged 30 and 50, were found to be wandering in the area in a suspicious manner about 8pm.
“Police immediately detained the two and arrested them after finding out that they had previous criminal and drug-related records,” he said at the district police headquarters today.
Following information, the suspects later brought police to a house near the area where the stolen items were recovered.
Sulaiman said police also recovered a BMW car which had its chassis numberaltered and also a Honda Stream multi-purpose vehicle reported stolen in Taman Perling last year.
“We (police) have initiated investigations under Section 457 of the Penal Code for house break-in and theft. If found guilty, they face a maximum jail sentence of 14 years and a fine.”
In another raid, police arrested a man for possession of an imitation Glock 17 semi-automatic pistol at a house in Taman Daya on the same day.
Sulaiman said the imitation firearm resembled the genuine item as it came complete with a detachable magazine.
“We also found a straw of substance believed to be heroin from the suspect, who is in his 20s,” he said, adding that police may make further arrests.