From The Star 13 Oct 2009:
Six members of armed gang nabbed
JOHOR BARU: Six members of an armed theft gang, believed to be behind 41 cases in the city, have been caught.
The gang members, aged between 18 and 37, were usually armed with parang.
Police first arrested two men in Stulang Laut at 3.30am on Sept 26. One of them hid a parang under his jacket.
The motorcycle seized from them carried fake registration plates and were stolen in Johor Jaya.
Further investigations led to the arrest of the other four in Kangkar Pulai.
Also confiscated were four parang, a baton, a knife, a Honda EX5 motorcycle, two ladies’ handbags and one plastic bag containing identification documents of the victims.
Johor police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Shariff said the group had been involved in 41 snatch thefts and robbery cases around the city in the past eight months.
In another case, police arrested two siblings and seized a gun and 10 bullets from them.
The siblings, aged 27 and 40, were arrested at 2.10pm on Sept 30. One of them had seven previous criminal records. DCP Mohd Mokhtar said police also arrested two other men, aged 29 and 30, for possession of five toy guns.
“The suspects were arrested in Skudai on Sept 30,” he said, adding that one of the suspects had a conviction for murder.