KOTA KINABALU: The ‘Pie’ gang, which carried out housebreaking activities around Kota Kinabalu since early this year, was crippled with the arrests of three members, including one believed to be the gang’s leader.
Kota Kinabalu deputy police chief Supt George Rakhman said the police believed that with the arrests they had successfully solved six homebreaking cases in the Inanam, Menggatal and Luyang areas since January this year, involving losses of RM105,700.
He said the gang’s activities were uncovered after police investigated a housebreaking case in Taman Indah Permai, Menggatal near here at 1.30pm on Sept 16 after its 47-year-old owner lodged a police report.
“We found some items including a box with an estimated worth of RM25,000 missing from the victim’s house,” he told a press conference on the case, here today.
Acting on information, George said the police conducted a series of raids, in which two men, aged 35 and 36, were arrested in Inanam at about 9am the next day and another man, 26, believed to be head of the gang was arrested about 45 minutes later in Menggatal.
He said the police also seized items worth RM40,000 from the suspects, including a black Perodua Viva car believed to have been used to carry out their criminal activities.
According to him, all suspects, who were also found positive on drugs when arrested, had criminal records and had been jailed for various offences such as housebreakings and drug addictions.
He said the suspects were remanded for four days from the date of arrest (Sept 17) and the remand was continued until today to assist in the investigation of the housebreaking case on Sept 16.
George said he would request a remand order again from the court for the three suspects to investigate five other cases linked to the gang. — Bernama