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Police seek snatch thieves targeting bus passengers
GEORGE TOWN: The police have sought five Indonesians linked to several snatch thefts which occurred at Rapid Penang buses on transit in the city.
This follows the arrest of a 27-year-old suspected accomplice on June 26.
The suspect, an illegal immigrant, was picked up while targeting an intended victim at a bus station near the Tun Abdul Razak Complex here.
Timur Laut police chief, ACP Gan Kong Meng said the five being sought were in their 20s, and had committed snatch thefts in buses while operating in a group.
He said they had been identified through police photofits.
So far, he said, six police reports had been lodged on snatch thefts at buses in Air Itam, Tanjung Tokong and Pulau Tikus.
Gan was speaking to reporters after receiving 60 special bus passes from Rapid Penang chief operations officer Jamali Soaidin here today.
He said the passes would will ease their job in monitoring crimes in buses, while working undercover.
Meanwhile, the police have detained a man and two women in connection with the sale of fake degrees purported to be from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM).
The suspects, aged between 20 and 26, are being held at the Terengganu police headquarters.
Gan said 20 people had lodged reports over the fake degrees since April this year. -- BERNAMA