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3 charged with stealing 1,407 smartphones

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SEPANG: Three forwarding agents were charged yesterday with the theft of 1,407 Samsung Galaxy Note II smartphones worth close to RM2 million at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport cargo area last week.

M. Vasanthakumar, 22, P. Sagunathan, 29, and S. Sanjay, 32, were alleged to have jointly committed the offence at noon on Oct 20.

They pleaded not guilty before Sessions Court judge Ahmad Fairuz Mohd Fuzi, who sat as magistrate.

The punishment for theft in a building, if convicted, is a jail term of up to 10 years and a fine.

Vasanthakumar also faced another charge of disposing of some of the items to Tan Yee Seng in a mobile phone outlet in Seremban on Oct 21.

Six others, including a woman, who worked in mobile phone shops in Puchong, Sepang, Seremban and Kuala Lumpur, were charged with retaining the stolen property and selling the smartphones.

TAN Yee Seng, 23, was charged with retaining 24 mobile phones at her sales outlet at Tasek Prima in Puchong on Oct 24;

AU Chee Wan, 23, was charged with selling 80 items to Tan Yee Seng at a telecommunications shop in the Seremban Terminal shopping centre on Oct 21;

K. YUGENDARAN, 27, was charged with selling 80 units to Tan Yee Seng at a telecommunications shop in the Seremban Terminal shopping centre on Oct 21;

NG Chee Keat, 31, was charged with retaining four smartphones at his outlet in Taman Meranti Jaya, Sepang, on Oct 25; and

HUEN Fook Chyeong, 43, was charged with retaining 11 units in a nasi kandar shop in Jalan Merbah, Puchong, on Oct 25.

Handphone dealer Sim Kai Fai, 24, was charged with three counts of selling eight smartphones to Chai Mei See, Chong See Yin and Fong Chin Tuch between Oct 22 and Oct 24 at his outlet at Low Yat Plaza in Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.

Those convicted of receiving and retaining stolen property are liable to a jail term of up to five years, fine or both.

The maximum penalty for disposing of items believed to be stolen is seven years' imprisonment, a fine or both.

Ahmad Fairuz set bail at RM5,000 for each offence the accused are facing and fixed mention on Nov 27.

Police obtained a remand order until Nov 2 against two other men in connection with the case.

The nine accused being led by officers out of the magistrate’s court after being charged over their involvement in in the theft of 1,407 from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport cargo area. Pic by Fariz Iswadi Ismail


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