Notorious Gang Leader Caught

2 July 2007
Kuala Lumpur

The mastermind of the infamous Mamak Gang, 46-year-old Mohd Shariff Abu Bakar was arrested by police on Saturday and kept in police custody for one week to aid police investigations.

Shariff had been on the run for several years and is believed to be involved in more than 150 robberies worth more than RM50 million. His gang is suspected to be responsible for the RM47 million microchip heist at the Batu Maung Free Commercial Zone on 20 November 2006. Shariff and his brothers, Mohd Rozland, aged 49, and Mohd Yusof, aged 42, became famous in 1994 for the RM10 million gold bar heist at the Subang International Airport.

Shariff was driving along the North-South expressway towards Johor when a police patrol car detected that the road tax of the car had expired. The police officers tried to pull him over but Shariff sped off. He turned off into the Guthrie Highway and made a u-turn towards Ipoh on the expressway. 30 minutes later, Shariff lost control of his car during the chase and overturned near Rawang.

Shariff got out of the car and tried to escape on foot but was caught by the officers. The police found a police cap and ten fake road tax stickers in his car.

The Star Online – Mamak Gang suspect remanded

New Straits Times – ‘Godfather’ on the run nabbed in police chase

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