PJ cops arrest shoplifters who targeted designer clothes

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PETALING JAYA: Police say they busted a shoplifting syndicate with the arrest of 11 foreigners and a local man.

They also seized over RM17,000 worth of designer clothes which were allegedly stolen from a mall in Kelana Jaya on October 3.

Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Mohamad Fakhrudin Abdul Hamid said police were alerted after a foreign woman was arrested by a security guard at a clothing store in the mall.

“The outlet manager heard the burglar alarm go off and saw a man rushing towards the escalator.

“The suspect left his accomplice behind and she was caught by security guards,” he told reporters on Thursday (October 13).

He added that the woman was then handed over to the police for further action.

“Our investigations revealed that the alleged shoplifting incident occurred between 2.30pm and 3pm that day, with at least 142 items of clothing worth RM17,561 missing.

“Based on the intelligence collected, we launched a series of raids on two budget hotels in Kuala Lumpur on October 3 and 4 and arrested one local man, three foreign men and seven foreign women between the ages of 26 and 51.

“Hotel room checks recovered 67 stolen items of clothing, 13 cell phones, 11 passports, three pieces of luggage, 23 magnetic tag detachers, seven security tags, five foil-lined bags and one car,” did he declare. .

Police believe the union was responsible for thefts at 17 shopping malls in the Klang Valley since March.

ACP Mohamad Fakhrudin said the syndicate would ship the stolen clothes to resell them in their country of origin.

“Syndicate members used foil-lined bags to fool burglar detectors.

“The police have solved at least seven cases with the arrest of these union members,” he said, adding that the suspects have been remanded in custody until October 22 to help with further investigations.

He said checks had revealed that the union had already sent more than 210kg of clothes, believed to have been stolen, to their country of origin.

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