ARRESTING CRIME: The robbing spree of a ‘Mat Rempit’ youth with a fractured arm is finally stopped after he and his accomplice are nabbed by police
DESPITE having a cast on his left arm due to a fracture, a 24-year-old Mat Rempit went on a robbing spree throughout this month.
Accompanied by a 20-year-old male accomplice, the men sought potential victims to rob and motorcycles to steal in Johor Baru's residential areas.
The latest case involved the elder youth who was said to have threatened a 24-year-old man with a knife, before punching him in the neck and fleeing with the victim's motorcycle in Setia Tropika on March 19 at 6.40am.
The elder of the two went by the nickname "Olan", and both suspects had a penchant for high-powered underbone motorcycles such as the Yamaha 125Z machines.
Both are believed to be also active in the high-stakes illegal motorcycle races held in the city.
Investigations revealed that the gang were believed to have been active for more than six months and involved in several cases of motorcycle and other thefts.
Police were alerted following a report of a missing motorcycle at a house in Taman Anggerik on March 14, and also the motorcycle robbery in Setia Tropika on March 19.
A Johor Baru North police crime prevention team, led by Inspector Abdul Razak Ali, swung into action as both cases involved Yamaha 125Z motorcycles.
Johor Baru North police Chief Assistant Commissioner Ruslan Hassan said police got their break on March 21 when an operation was conducted to nab the younger of the two suspects.
"Police detained the youth in Skudai at about 8pm, and following that, the suspect brought police to recover a Honda EX-5 kapchai at a house in Desa Makmur.
"Based on initial investigations, the seized kapchai was believed to be involved in the robbery at Setia Tropika on March 19," said Ruslan.
Following this, police then detained the other suspect at Larkin Jaya the next day at 3.30am after a short chase.
He said police also seized a Yamaha 125Z motorcycle that had false registration plates on it.
Ruslan said the suspect later brought police to recover a stolen Yamaha 125Z motorcycle at a house in Kempas Baru on the same day.
Police had classified the case under Section 395/397 of the Penal Code for armed robbery and Section 379 of the Penal Code for theft.
Ruslan advised the public to take extra precautions, such as having additional locks when parking their vehicles, and to be wary of their surroundings to prevent thefts.
Those who have any information can call the Johor Baru North police headquarters at 07-556 1222, or the state police contingent hotline at 07-221 2999.