A major ATM theft gang was busted after six suspects, including a 15-year-old boy, were nabbed during several police raids last Thursday.
Following the arrests, authorities believed they had solved 27 cases of ATM thefts, committed in three months in Johor, Melaka and Negeri Sembilan, involving up to two million ringgit in losses.
According to state police chief Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff the raids were carried out in Ulu Tiram following a tip-off.
During the arrests, police seized a tow truck, two machetes and ropes.
Police also recovered five ATM machines, which had been broken into in a disused pool at Kampung Ban Foo near Ulu Tiram.
A vehicle was also found at an oil palm plantation nearby, which was believed to had been used in the heists but was burned down to destroy evidence.
Authorities have also launched a manhunt for a 36-year-old suspect, believed to be the gang’s mastermind, who had a previous conviction record.
All those detained were remanded until October 24 to facilitate with investigations.
The offence under the Penal Code, provides up to 20 years in jail and whipping upon conviction.