Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Stealing Motobikes Via Facebook

A GROUP of teenagers, believed to be masterminds behind motorcycle thefts in the Kluang district, are using Facebook to carry out their activities.

Berita Harian reported that the syndicate held discussions and exchanged secret codes among members relating to their activities on the social networking site.

This was done to make it more difficult for the police to track them.

The Facebook account named “Belut” was open only to syndicate members and potential customers interested in purchasing their loot, which included fully-assembled motorcycles and spare parts.

Kluang district police chief Asst Commissioner Mohamed Fawzi Mohd Arshad said police uncovered the new tactic after two of the syndicate members were arrested last week.

“The group's latest tactic was crippled when they were arrested just hours after another motorcycle theft was reported.

“The two suspects admitted that the social site was extensively used as the syndicate's main communication channel when committing crime.

“The two also confessed that syndicate members would receive directives to steal through the Facebook account, which uses a secret code and the password Belut' to avoid being detected,” Mohamed Fawzi said.

He added that the police had successfully tracked down two more members of the syndi- cate following the Facebook discovery.