MALACCA- Police have nabbed members of a gang who impersonated cops and molested a woman during a robbery at a flat in Melaka Raya here last week.
Investigators are now trying to find out how two gang members, said to be children of rank and file officers, had obtained a walkie-talkie and vests with the police emblem during the robbery at the Pink Flat on May 11.
The so-called Sham Botak gangsters, who were armed during the robbery, had targetted an Indonesian couple living there.
They fled after taking RM10,000 (S$4111) and outraging the modesty of the man's wife by placing a sharp weapon against her private part.
However, all the five members of the gang - aged 26 to 41 - were nabbed in four ensuing raids.
Malacca police chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Chuah Ghee Lye said among the items seized in the raids was a Proton Waja, which was reported stolen in Semenyih, Selangor.
Other items included several weapons and sharp objects and a pamphlet of a company supplying uniforms for the police, the armed forces, Rela and security firms.
SAC Chuah said initial investigations showed that two members of the gang were recently released from prison while the others had a string of criminal records.
He also disclosed that three other gangs - a house breaking gang and two motorcycle theft syndicates - had been crippled.
The house breaking gang had been active in Batu Berendam and Ayer Keroh.
A 21-year-old suspect, who was nabbed, led police to recover several items, including LCD television sets and expensive bicycles.
Four other members of the gang are still at large.
SAC Chuah said police also thwarted the Jackie gang, whose young members ditched cannibalised parts of stolen machines into swamps and rivers in Bukit Rambai and Tangga Batu when police moved in.
The other group, the Bimbar gang, was responsible for a series of thefts over the past six years here, in Muar and Kuala Lumpur.