SHAH ALAM: The police have crippled a luxury car theft syndicate known as “Geng K-Boys” with the arrest of seven individuals, including two women, in a series of raids around Kuala Lumpur, Johor Baru and Perak from June 27 to 30.

Selangor police chief Datuk Hussein Omar Khan said all suspects were locals aged from 31 to 54.

He said the police received a report on June 24 from a 42-year-old man claiming that his employer’s rented house in Taman Ehsan, Kepong, had been broken into, with three cars stolen.

“Losses were estimated at around RM700,000,” he told a press conference at the Selangor contingent police headquarters here on Tuesday (July 2).

Hussein said based on information received, police conducted a series of raids in Kuala Lumpur, Johor Baru, and Perak, resulting in the arrest of all the suspects, including the mastermind of the group.

He said initial investigations found that the gang’s mastermind, aged 38, had prior a record involving drugs and other crimes.

“The modus operandi of the group, which has been active for the past year, was to identify houses with luxury vehicles before breaking in and stealing the vehicles.

“In addition to being sold, the stolen vehicles were used in other criminal activities,” he said.

Following the arrests, Hussein said the police seized four luxury vehicles, including the three stolen in the Kepong incident, as well as various tools used.

He said all the suspects have been remanded until Wednesday (July 3) and the case is being investigated under Section 457 and Section 379A of the Penal Code. – Bernama