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BUKIT KAYU HITAM: A husband and wife couple were arrested while two of their friends escaped when police raided a site where the suspects were burning cables to extract copper at a rubber estate in Kampung Dalau, Sik, yesterday.
Kedah Police Chief Datuk Ahmad Ibrahim said the 35-year-old male suspect who was arrested suffered a stomach injury after being shot by police when the
suspect tried to ramp into a police car.
"The four suspects tried to flee in two cars but the car driven by the couple crashed into a police MPV while the other car managed to escape.
"Initial investigations revealed that the car driven by the suspect was reported stolen while police are still trying to detect the owner of the other car," he told reporters during a ceremony to hand over Vision Operations between the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) and Police at the 5th Battalion Border Regiment, here today.
Ahmad said the male suspect was sent to the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital in Alor Setar and was reported to be in stable condition while his 23-years-old
wife was not injured.
He said preliminary investigations also found that the male suspect from Alor Setar had four previous criminal records related to drugs.
Police believe the suspects had gathered stolen cables in the rubber estate and burned the coating to get the copper before selling the stolen products.
The activity however, he said was detected by villagers who informed the police.
Ahmad added that the identity of two other suspects had also been revealed and police are currently tracking them down. - Bernama