PORT DICKSON: Police busted a luxury car theft syndicate following the arrest of seven of its members, including the mastermind, in a series of raids over a week from Feb 12.
State police chief Datuk Osman Salleh said they also recovered eight stolen vehicles, including a Honda CRV, Accord and Civic and a Toyota Wish, from various locations in Port Dickson and Seremban; Puchong in Selangor; Kepong in Kuala Lumpur; and Simpang Renggam in Johor.
"Investigations revealed that five of the suspects, aged between 25 and 38, have a long record for vehicle theft."
It is learnt that the syndicate used high-tech equipment to disable the car's security system before making off with it, all in less than five minutes.
The stolen vehicles were then sold in the local black market.
Osman said members of the syndicate, which began operating about two years ago, used three main equipment -- a signal jammer, key programming system and an electronic control unit -- during the thefts.
He said they used the signal jammer to de-activate all the frequencies and cripple the car's anti-theft devices, while the key programmer was used to neutralise the ignition system so that the vehicle could be started using another key.
Osman said the syndicate targeted luxury vehicles, mostly parked in public parking lots, as there was a high demand for them.
The stolen vehicles were then sold to third parties at lower prices, using false registration plates.