25 January 2008
Police have arrested four suspects aged between 19 and 50 years, believed to be members of the Mamak Gang, at the 297 kilometre mark of the North-South Expressway, near Gopeng, on 18 January 2008 at 7pm.
They found RM40,936 cash, 13 mobile phones, 2 fake police authority cards, 13 fake road tax stickers, a fake identity card, a Customs Department security card, a Malaysian Airlines security card and pepper spray in the Toyota Wish vehicle that was stopped. It is believed that the cash was from a robbery case in Selangor a few days ago and the vehicle was reported stolen from Taiping last year.
Two suspects were under restricted residence in Negri Sembilan and Malacca while another was involved in a police shoot-out in Penang last year. With their arrests, including the mastermind, police believe that at least 9 cases in Perak, Selangor and Penang would have been solved.
The Mamak Gang is well-known for hijacking luxurious vehicles and robbing people who had just withdrawn money from banks. About 150 robberies, including cargo hijackings and warehouse break-ins, are attributed to them. Last year, the gang tried to steal a Porsche 911 Targa 4 from the Auto City showroom in Seberang Jaya and later at the Bukit Mertajam police headquarters.
The Star Online – Notorious Mamak Gang busted
New Straits Times – Robbery suspects nabbed