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Lorry driver arrested for lodging false report

PETALING JAYA: A lorry driver was arrested for lodging a false police report after he claimed his lorry laden with scrap metal had been hijacked.

Police also managed to arrest four men, including two scrap metal dealers, believed to be involved in the case.

Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Mazlan Mansor said the lorry driver in his 40s had lodged a report on Friday claiming that several men hijacked his lorry laden with 16 tonnes of aluminium in Banting.

He said the driver claimed that he had taken the load from Johor and was on his was to Port Klang when the incident allegedly occurred.

"His story sounded fishy and we arrested him. Upon interrogation we discovered that he had sold the aluminium to several of his friends including two scrap metal dealers from here and Kuala Lumpur,'' he said when contacted here Monday.

SAC Mazlan said police managed to detain four men including the scrap metal dealers in several areas in the Klang Valley on Sunday and recovered the aluminium.

He said the suspects in their 40s including the driver have been remanded for further investigations, adding that the driver was being investigated for lodging a false report while the other men were being investigated for robbery and buying stolen property.

Those caught buying such goods could be charged under Section 411 of the Penal Code which carries a five-year jail term with a possible fine.

They can also be charged for robbery under Section 379 of the Penal Code, which carries a jail term of up to seven years, a fine or both, upon conviction.

"I urge scrap metal dealers not to buy stolen goods. Their licence can be revoked and the shop closed if dealers are found buying stolen scrap metal,'' warned SAC Mazlan.

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