Published: Thursday October 25, 2012 MYT 5:26:00 PM
Updated: Thursday October 25, 2012 MYT 6:25:55 PM
Cops suspect insider involvement in KLIA smartphone heist
By AUSTIN CAMOENS
KUALA LUMPUR: Police are investigating the possibility that an insider may have been involved in the theft of 1,407 Samsung Galaxy Note II smartphones at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) cargo area last Saturday.
Federal Commercial Crime Investigation Department director Comm Datuk Syed Ismail Syed Azizan said police were on the hunt for several more suspects in connection with the case.
"We are not ruling out the possibility that an insider may have been working together with the group," he said when contacted Thursday.
Comm Syed Ismail said police arrested seven suspects in a series of raids in Kuala Lumpur and Negri Sembilan within two days of the consignment being reported missing.
He said the case was being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating, adding that those found guilty could face a maximum 10 years jail and whipping and maybe liable to a fine.
It is learnt that the smartphones in total were worth around RM3.2mil and had been picked up by a man disguised as the owner of the consignment.
The ruse was discovered only when the rightful owner came later to collect it.
Comm Syed Ismail urged the public to inform the police if approached by people who wanted to sell new smartphones at a lower price.
Those with information on the case can contact Selangor police hotline at 03-20529999 or the nearest police station.