KOTA KINABALU: Three families members aged 20 to 49 years made theft their source of income but their activities were stopped short when they were arrested by police.
All members of the ‘Geng Pakaian Pengantin” were arrested after police authority launched an investigation on the report of a boutique owner who claimed several of his wedding dress were stolen at 2.30pm on 21 February at the premise located in Plaza Likas, here.
“The owner claimed several costumers consisting of three women and one men have visited his boutique and left in an hour later,” said the District Police Chief, Assistant Commissioner M. Chandra in a press conference at District Police Headquarters, Karamunsing, here today.
The boutique owner then notice several wedding dresses had been missing, which amounts to RM1,500, he added.
However, the complainant only made a police report five days after the theft.
According to him, on 27 February the police arrested two siblings aged 20 and 49 years old in two different location at Kg, Warisan, Inanam and Pengalat Besar, Papar.
“With an investigation on both suspects, another women aged 30 years old were arrested at Taman Sepanggar,” he said, adding that the police authority has found several wedding dresses suspected of being stolen worth of RM7,000.
With the arrest of the three members of Geng Baju Pengantin, the police is now tracking one more suspect believed to be the gang leader.
“All suspects are related and the male suspect which is still free is the husband of the woman suspect arrested at Taman Sepanggar,” he said.
He said, the gang’s method is to sneak in their stolen items into a secret pocket in their robes before leaving the premise.
All three women are remanded to help with police investigation under Section 380 of the Penal Code with a punishment of up to 10 years in prison and a fine or cane if found guilty. – SayangSabah
Wedding dresses.. Chandra (middle) with other police officers showing the items stoleb by Geng Baju Pangantin. – Photo Alex Mairin/SayangSabah
The police are also not denying the possibility of Geng Baju Pengantin to be involved with other robbery cases in Penampang and other theft cases in boutiques and markets.
“Suspects are believed to be active with their operations since the end of last year and all stolen items will be sold for money,” he said.