Police nab credit card thieves who preyed on joggers

Police seized 18 credit cards, break-in tools, electronic gadgets, mobile phones and jewellery during the raid at the Pelangi Court residence around 9.45pm. — File pic
Police seized 18 credit cards, break-in tools, electronic gadgets, mobile phones and jewellery during the raid at the Pelangi Court residence around 9.45pm. — File pic

KUALA LUMPUR, July 23 — A couple who stole credit cards and valuables from vehicles left in parks by joggers was busted when a card transaction was traced back to them.

City Commercial Crime Investigations Department head ACP Izany Abdul Ghany said the 49-year-old local male and his 43-year-old Chinese national girlfriend were arrested when police raided an apartment in Bandar Baru Klang on Tuesday.

Police seized 18 credit cards, break-in tools, electronic gadgets, mobile phones and jewellery during the raid at the Pelangi Court residence around 9.45pm.

Police are looking for two of their accomplices.

He said the duo would loiter around the parks and observe victims from afar before chosing their targets.

“The suspects would use an alarm jammer or Allen keys or find keys hidden in the underside of cars to enter the vehicles,” he said.

The stolen cards were used to purchase luxury items in shopping malls around the city.

Izany said a 59-year-old storekeeper had lodged a report after he was informed by his bank that his credit card had been used in two transactions totalling RM8,398 in March that involved the purchase of two expensive smartphones in Pavilion KL. 

The victim told police he had last seen the credit card in his car at Taman Bukit Jalil before he left for a jog.

Investigations revealed the male suspect had five previous convictions involving theft between 1984 and 2006.

Izany said at least six cases had been solved with the arrest of the suspects who are believed to have been active for at least two years. 

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