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By Brad Rantayy
MIRI, Jan 24: Police have caught the mastermind of the ‘Lakia Teck’ gang together with another four of his followers at two separate locations here yesterday.
On Jan 4 and 5 this year, four of the gang members were collared at various locations in the city and at Long Lama in Marudi.
With the latest arrests by Miri CID personnel, police believed they have solved another seven house break-ins and car thefts that were reported in the past year.
Miri City police chief ACP Lim Meng Seah told a press conference today that the five suspects nabbed yesterday were aged between 25 and 43, and three of them tested positive for drugs.
The first four suspects were arrested at 5.20am at a house in Pujut 2.
“They later led police to the fifth suspect’s house in Vista Perdana in Jalan Tasik,” said Lim, adding that the suspects were habitual criminals.
He added that police seized a Perodua Kancil and the front part of a lorry valued at about RM50,000.
Other items seized were 11 handphones of various brands, a fake revolver with a magazine, a ‘Rambo’ knife, four Bruneian and Malaysian vehicle plate numbers and two sets of master keys.
Check on the plates numbers revealed that the vehicles were reported stolen between June last year and early this year.
The case is being investigated under Section 457 of the Penal Code for house break-in, Section 379 of the Penal Code for theft and under Section 36 of the Firearms Act 1960. — DayakDaily