The suspect (right) being escorted after his arrest.

PADAWAN: The police here have put an end to a motorcycle theft syndicate by the infamous “Geng Wan” with the arrest of a man believed to be its mastermind.

Padawan district acting police chief DSP Lim Jaw Shyong said a team of its Crime Investigation Division (CID) arrested the 35-year-old man at Kampung Bukit Berangan, Kota Samarahan last Thursday.

The suspect was nabbed following a report of a motorcycle theft at Jalan Matang here on July 1.

“The suspect will be charged under Section 379A of the Penal Code with stealing a vehicle which provides for imprisonment of not less than one year and not more than seven years upon conviction.

“The suspect also has a previous record of offences under Section 457 of the Penal Code and Dangerous Drugs Act 1952,” he said in a statement today.

Lim added that the suspect was the mastermind of “Geng Wan” motorcycle theft syndicate which is active around the Padawan and Kota Samarahan areas.

“The syndicate has five members in total. Three of them have been arrested by the Sarawak IPK D4 previously and are currently under investigation while one of them is still free.

“Based on interrogation, the four suspects have confessed to 12 vehicle thefts committed by the group,” he added.

Lim said the suspect admitted to being involved in selling stolen motorcycles to Indonesians.

“A stolen motorcycle is sold between RM350 to RM500 depending on the type,” he revealed.