June 27, 2004

Malaysian police hunt luxury car thieves

KUALA LUMPUR (AP): Malaysian police said Saturday they were hunting for a band of thieves who stole nearly 60 luxury cars worth 20 million ringgit (US$5.3 million) and smuggled them to Indonesia.
The gang stole the cars from locations across Malaysia, drove them over the causeway into neighboring Singapore, then shipped them to the nearby Indonesian island of Batam for storage, a police official, said on condition of anonymity.
It was unclear where the gang intended to sell the cars.
Singapore and Malaysian police jointly tracked the gang's operations, leading to the discovery of 57 stolen cars at a warehouse in Batam several weeks ago, the official said.
The official was unable to provide information about the suspected thieves, but said police investigations were ongoing.
Initial checks showed at least 51 of the cars found in Batam had been reported stolen in Malaysia in recent months, the Star daily reported Saturday.

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