Duo in custody for motorcyle theft

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IPOH  –  Two students aged 16 and 17 were among nine people arrested over a spate of motorcycle thefts here.

The teenagers had been released on police bail and the school authorities notified, said Ipoh police chief Asst Comm Sum Chang Keong.

He said the boys and the other suspects were picked up at their homes following a tip-off on Nov 3.

“They are believed to have been involved in at least 13 motorcycle thefts,” ACP Sum told reporters here yesterday.

He said the two boys have not been charged but the others will face charges under Section 379 (a) of the Penal Code.

ACP Sum said police recovered three motorcycles and three motorcycle chassis as well as various tools used to steal the machines, spare parts and engines.

According to the Malaysian Digest, a suspect known only as Yoi, 22, is said to be the group’s mastermind. He has a previous conviction.

Meanwhile, ACP Sum said the police also arrested six people on Nov 23 in connection with several house break-in cases here. Three of them are women.

He said the six aged 29 to 44 are believed to be members of the Baron Gang which had been involved in at least 20 burglary cases.

With their arrests, the police recovered various stolen items, including mobile phones, gas cylinders, laptops, LCD TVs, iPads, DVD players, a rice cooker and washing machine.

The police also seized a blue Proton Gen2 and a purple Proton Persona, both with false licence plates.

“We have returned several items to their owners,” ACP Sum said, adding that all six had been charged.

He said a 34-year-old man, believed to be the mastermind, has 23 previous convictions and had been on the “most wanted” list in Pahang, Negri Sembilan, Malacca and Kuala Lumpur.

In a separate case, the police detained a 29-year-old break-in suspect at Taman Ipoh Selatan.

“The suspect is believed to have been involved in two shop break-ins here,” he said.

The man, from Sabah, will be held until Wednesday.