Published: Tuesday October 9, 2012 MYT 5:51:00 PM
Police solve 27 break-ins with arrest of seven ‘Botak Gang’ members
SHAH ALAM: Selangor police have solved 27 house break-ins in this city with the arrest of seven men suspected to be members of the "Botak Gang", one of them a taxi driver, Selangor Police chief Datuk Tun Hisan Tun Hamzah said Tuesday.
He attributed the success to information from the public and police surveillance over three months, saying the suspects, aged between 28 and 54, were arrested at several locations in Shah Alam and Petaling Jaya between Sept 29 and last Thursday.
"Police investigation revealed that the suspects, who have been active also in Kajang, Petaling Jaya and Kuala Selangor since 2009, broke into houses after the Maghrib prayers and when their victims went out to dine," he told reporters at the Selangor Police media centre, here.
With the arrests, Tun Hisan said, police recovered some of the loot, including 31 laptops, several 32-inch LCD televisions, six handphones, two cameras and break-in tools from the suspects' houses.
He said the gang's modus operandi was to use the 54-year-old taxi driver as the transporter to help the gang members escape after a break-in.
Tun Hisan said the taxi driver had 10 records of offences, including drug cases, while the others had records of offences including break-in, robbery and drug cases.
Two of the suspects were released on police bail while the other five, including the taxi driver, were being held under remand for investigation into house break-ins.
Tun Hisan advised the people to be wary of any taxi operating in a manner that raised suspicion in their residential areas.