The police have arrested 11 members of a syndicate including the mastermind known as ‘Adik’, believed to be involved in stealing catalytic converters from vehicles around Melaka.
Melaka Tengah police chief ACP Afzanizar Ahmad said the suspects, comprising 10 men and a woman aged 23 to 43, were arrested in areas around Melaka, Johor and Selangor from Jan 5 to Jan 13.
He said the first round of arrests involved two men – including the 33-year-old Adik – as well as a woman in Johor on Jan 5, while three others were on the same day in Merlimau.
“Following the arrest, the police managed to arrest a man who acted as a middleman or a buyer of a catalytic converter that was stolen in Tanjung Kling on Jan 6,” he said adding that another four men were arrested in Selangor and Johor between Jan 7 and 13.
Afzanizar said the syndicate which targeted catalytic converters of continental vehicles believed to be processed to produce white gold abroad, had allegedly committed 11 such theft cases in the state since last November, involving losses of about RM30,000.
“The group’s leader, ‘Adik’ who is unemployed, has seven criminal records including six which are drug-related, and the suspect is believed to be using the money to purchase drugs,” he added.
Source: BERNAMA News Agency