Thursday January 10, 2013
Stolen cars found in Johor Baru
By FARIK ZOLKEPLI and AUSTIN CAMOENS
KUALA LUMPUR: Police recovered a stolen Volkswagen GTI and an Audi TT sports car in Johor Baru before they could be moved to Singapore.
The Volkswagen GTI worth RM180,000 was discovered near a hypermarket in Skudai, while the RM200,000 Audi was recovered in Taman Seri Austin on Tuesday.
On Saturday, thieves broke into a showroom and a service centre in Jalan Chan Sow Lin here at about 7.30am before driving away with both cars.
City CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Ku Chin Wah said the vehicles were already fitted with fake Singaporean registration plates.
“We are not ruling out the possibility that the cars were meant for the Singaporean market,” he told a press conference yesterday.
Police believe one of the suspects is the same culprit who stole a Porsche from a showroom here last year.
“This man has been charged over the Porsche theft and is currently out on bail,” he said.
“We believe he has two other accomplices in this latest theft.”
Police believe there may be an “inside man” in the showrooms.
“Security at these places is not strict,” said SAC Ku.
He also appealed to the public for assistance in tracking down Mohd Azri Mohd Kassim, 31, Abdul Raof Abdul Aziz, 44, and Daman Huri Mohamad, 36, to assist investigations.
It is learnt the suspect and his accomplices approached a security guard at the showroom claiming to be runners who wished to bring one of the cars for inspection at Puspakom and repeated the modus operandi at the service centre.