KUALA LUMPUR, 5 Jan 2009: A car-jacking gang known as “Jongos” has been busted with the arrests of four members and its mastermind last month.
Three of them are also wanted by police for eight rape cases in Selangor.
Kuala Lumpur police chief Datuk Wira Mohammad Sabtu Osman said the first two suspects aged 30 and 35 were arrested on 4 Dec 2008 by the Kuala Lumpur serious crime squad.
“They were picked up at their houses in Wangsa Maju. One was a taxi driver while the other unemployed. Their live with their families and this gang became active since six months ago in the Klang Valley, Johor and Kedah.
“Following the first arrest, the police rounded up three more men in Gombak on 24 Dec. They were between 18 and 30 years. All are jobless,” he told a press conference here today.
The gang’s modus operandi was tailing the victim from a bank to his house and armed with parangs, they robbed the victim of his vehicle. Three of them raped their victims after stealing their cars.
Sabtu said police had also arrested 14 stolen car brokers and two of them were involved in printing and selling fake road tax stickers.
Preliminary investigations showed the suspects had sold 60 fake road tax stickers for between RM200 and RM300 each.
“Among the cars stolen were luxury makes such as Mercedes Benz, BMW, Lexus Harrier, Volkswagon, Toyota Camry and Honda Civic. The vehicles were then sold between RM15,000 and RM20,000 each by the brokers.
“With the arrests of the five gang members and 14 brokers, police have solved 26 robbery cases since six months ago. Police have recovered 13 luxury cars.
Sabtu also said the Kuala Lumpur serious crime squad had busted 10 gangs involved in armed robberies and seized 22 pistols, 14 revolvers, three pump guns, three hand grenades, 1,052 live bullets and three toy pistols throughout 2008.
They gangs busted were “Tiger”, “Aman”, “AA O”, “Ah Tok”, “Ah Meng”, “Mamak”, “Modesto”, “Ah Seow”, “Netagi” and “Hartamas”.
“Besides firearms, the police also seized scores of parangs and other sharp weapons. All these were following several series of special operations mounted by the police,” he said. — Bernama