An anti-narcotics team anticipating a major drug haul stumbled upon a syndicate engaged in tampering cheques and ATM cards at a house in Taman Boon Bak here on Tuesday. Acting on a tip-off, the police officers raided the house and arrested six people, including two women aged between 25 and 44, and recovered two packets of drugs suspected to be syabu at 9pm.
Perak police chief Datuk Zulkifli Abdullah said police later found 228 cheques, of which 91 were tampered, with a total face value of RM484,989.
“Also seized were seven postal money orders for RM327,175, bank slips, 80 credit card payment slips, 28 ATM cards, 117 letters and three bank books,” he said here yesterday.
Commercial crime officers have now taken over the case.
Police also seized sandpaper, erasers, correction tapes, a magnifying glass and pens used to alter the names on the cheques and money orders.
The cheques and money orders were stolen from various letter boxes within the city.
Police started investigations in January after several victims and Pos Malaysia lodged reports of monetary loss.
They subsequently picked up five men aged between 35 and 40.
One of them was charged in court and a report was being prepared for the deputy public prosecutor.
Zulkifli said the six detained two days ago had been remanded until Friday. Five of them, including the women, are from Perak while the sixth is from Kuala Lumpur.
He also revealed that from January to September, a total of 84 cases of falsified cheques with a face value of RM180,000 were reported in the state.
Police are now looking for three more men.
They are Chen Tian @ Alex, 41, whose last known address is 470, Kampung Baru, Simpang Pulai, Kampung Kepayang; Choong Lai Meng @ Ah Meng, 40, from 55, Persiaran Desa, Tambun 3, Desa Tambun, Ipoh; and Lee Jian Hwa @ Ah Wah, 34, from 41, Hala Rapat Baru 14, Taman Sri Rapat, Ipoh.
Those with information of their whereabouts should contact the Commercial Crime Department at 05-5452252.
Meanwhile, on the suspected torching of a house in Jalan Labu in Wah Loong area of Kampar last Saturday, Zulkili said the source of the fire came from inside the house, based on investigations by the Fire and Rescue Services Department.
“It could have started from a combustible item, but we are still continuing with the investigation,” he said.
N. Nagarajan, 37, claimed that two days earlier, two men came to his house and threatened to burn it down if he did not withdraw the case against the Kampar police for ill-treating his son. - Sumber