Police Detain 13 Individuals Involved In Stealing Electronic Components

Salehuddin Rahman, fourth right and ACP Chandra, third right, take a closer look at some of the seized items.

KOTA KINABALU: Police arrested 13 individuals including a woman, believed to be involved in stealing electronic components owned by telecommunications companies at transmitter stations, in Jalan Bukit Padang and Jalan Kauluan Tuaran near here recently.

Sabah CID chief Datuk Salehuddin Abd Rahman said following a report on the theft of electronic components from the Jalan Bukit Padang Transmitter Station on Friday, a team from the Kota Kinabalu district police headquarters started investigations and started gathering evidence.

“As a result of the investigations, police arrested five men in Putatan, Kinarut, Tenom and Keningau on Friday and Saturday. Police also seized 27 car batteries, wire cutting equipment and two cars,” he told reporters here, Tuesday.

He said three of the suspects, aged between 18 and 49, tested positive for drugs and all of them would be remanded for four days.

Salehuddin said a police team from the Tuaran IPD also arrested six men aged 25 to 35 for their alleged involvement in the theft of electronic components of two telecommunication companies at the Jalan Kauluan Tuaran Transmitter Station.

“Acting on a report lodged on Feb 13, police launched a number of stake-outs and arrested six suspects at an unnumbered house in the Telipok settlement scheme at about 3am on Saturday.

“Also seized in the raid were several rolls of empty cables belonging to Telekom, believed to be related to the theft, and all suspects were remanded for four days and investigated under Section 379 of the Penal Code,” he said.