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KUALA TERENGGANU: Terengganu police are looking for the leader and members of a gang which has been stealing cars in four states over the last four months.
The gang led by a man known as 'Hassan Budu' is believed to be active in the crime in Terengganu, Kelantan, Pahang and Penang, picking their victims at random.
Terengganu CID chief, ACP K.Manoharan said the 39-year-old gang leader was released from a rehabilitation centre in Kelantan in April, but immediately returned to stealing vehicles.
"Police have identified the suspect who hails from Jertih, Terengganu and are now identifying the other gang members.
"We believe that with their arrests, we will be able to solve several car theft cases in this state," he told a press conference, here, today.
He said on July 23, police arrested the driver of a lorry carrying oil palm fruits as he was believed to be a member of the gang.
The arrest was made at about 4.30am that day at a house in the Felda Neram 2 land scheme, Kemaman by a CID team from the district police headquarters.
The investigation on the 41-year-old man led police to the discovery of two stolen vehicles parked near the house.
Police also almost caught 'Hassan Budu' at the same location but the gang leader managed to escape upon realising the presence of police in the area.
Manoharan said 'Hassan Budu' had 15 records of stealing vehicles.
He urged members of the public with information on the wanted man or his whereabouts to contact the nearest police station to assist the police investigation. -- BERNAMA