ARRESTED: 'Gang Susu Kangkang' went for infant formula, toothpaste
KAJANG: A GANG of shoplifters not only had a penchant for stealing powdered infant formula but also had the audacity to go in and out of a supermarket several times, emptying an entire shelf in the baby products section.
However, the gang's shoplifting activities came to an abrupt end when police, alerted by the cashier, nabbed the three men and a woman.
Kajang police chief Assistant Commissioner Ab Rashid Ab Wahab said the suspects, between the ages of 24 and 30, had previous convictions for theft. The three men also tested positive for drug abuse.
The incident occurred last Thursday when a cashier at the Speed Mart 99 minimarket in Batu 9, Cheras, recognised three men and two women, who had shoplifted there before, entering the premises.
"The cashier noticed two Proton Persona parked at the entrance of the outlet.
"She also spotted the two women stuffing powdered infant formula into their dresses," said Ab Rashid.
"Once the two women's dresses were filled with the loot, they left the shop and unloaded the infant formula into the two waiting vehicles.
"The cashier did not stop them as she had already sent a text message to the Batu 9 police station and knew that help was on the way."
Several minutes later the police arrived and managed to nab three men and a woman. A Proton Persona was also seized.
The other Proton Persona fled the scene. Police also found an iron rod, 15 tins of branded infant formula and 30 tubes of toothpaste inside the car.
After questioning the suspects, a police team later raided a traditional Chinese medical hall in Jalan Kuchai Lama where they found 147 tins of various branded infant formula and 16 tubes of toothpaste. Seven people were arrested.
It was believed that the medical hall owner bought the stolen items before selling them at lower prices.
In a follow-up operation on Friday, police arrested two men in Bandar Bukit Tinggi, Klang, believed to be members of the shoplifting gang.
"The group, dubbed 'Gang Susu Kangkang', normally targeted supermarkets in the Kajang area," Ab Rashid said.