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Another two suspected bookies held

Published on: Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Penampang: Two more suspected World Cup bookies were arrested in a police raid at the five-foot way near a restaurant in Beverly Hills, Monday.

District Police Chief DSP Ratan Singh said two self-employed men in their 40s were nabbed at 9.15pm after receiving a tip-off that they were collecting bets for World Cup matches.

He said they confiscated an iPad, RM3,050 and three smartphones from the local duo.

"This is our third case of suspected World Cup bookies being arrested in the district. The first and second cases involved two suspects who were nabbed in separate raids on June 14 and 15.

"A 26-year-old man was apprehended at a handphone repair shop here at 8.10pm on June 14 while a 25-year-old was arrested at a sundry shop at 4.55pm and various items believed used for betting were seized," he said, Tuesday.

In these three cases, Ratan said cash amounting to RM3,487, five handphones, a computer set, and 19 pieces of paper containing the matches, among others, were seized from the separate raids.

He said all suspects are being investigated under Section 6 of the Betting Act 1953 that carries a fine of between RM20,000 and RM200,000 and jail term of up to five years, upon conviction.

Ratan said police here are serious in curbing illegal betting activities and will not compromise.

In another case, he said a 29-year-old Filipino, who tried to escape police inspection, was arrested after a 12-inch Rambo knife was found in his possession during an Ops Cantas Khas roadblock, Sunday.

He said the suspect who has no valid identification document was the pillion rider on a motorcycle ridden by a 34-year-old local.

"My men inspected both men and while checking the MyKad of the motorcyclist, the pillion rider attempted to escape.

When the Filipino was caught, we found the Rambo knife in his possession," Ratan said.