SUNGAI PETANI: Police arrested five suspects in various criminal cases, including the theft of 121 copies of daily newspapers, in an operation conducted on Wednesday and Thursday last week.

Kuala Muda district police chief, ACP Wan Azharuddin Wan Ismail (pix), said that at 12.05 am on Thursday (April 18), police arrested a 35-year-old suspect, after closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera footage showed the man running away with copies of newspapers, placed in a shop in Taman Patani Jaya.

Speaking at a press conference at the Kuala Muda district police headquarters (IPD) here today, he said that the man was arrested at Pengkalan Lebai Man, near here, and the case was being investigated under Section 379 of the Penal Code.

In operations dubbed Op Pintu/Kesan, on Wednesday (April 17), he said that two men, aged 39 and 41, were arrested at a house around here, on suspicion of being involved in a break-in at the Kuala Muda District Information Office, on April 13.

“The 39-year-old man has 11 criminal records and two drug-related cases, while the 41-year-old man has nine criminal records and six drug-related cases. Both suspects have also tested positive for drugs, and the case is being investigated under Section 457 of the Penal Code,” he said.

Wan Azharuddin said that, in another raid on the same day (April 17), police arrested a 42-year-old man in Kampung Permatang Keramat, in Yan, believed to be a member of the ‘Geng Mat Burn’, who was suspected of being involved in burglaries around Kuala Muda and Yan.

“The suspect, who has 32 previous criminal records and 10 drug-related criminal records, was also found to be positive for Methamphetamine, and the police are still looking for other gang members,“ he said.

He added that in another raid on the same day, a 30-year-old man was arrested at a ‘drug den’ in Sungai Tiang, in Pendang, who is believed to be involved in gang robbery activities.