The Perak Police successfully thwarted an activity involving electricity theft and sheltering illegal immigrants at Hutan Melintang via a recent operation.
The operation was led by the Bukit Aman Crime Investigation Department (JSJ) in collaboration with Perak Police JSJ and aided by Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB).
State Police Chief, Dato’ Mohd Yusri Haji Hassan Basri stated that a 31-year-old local male was arrested at a frozen food business premises at Hutan Melintang.
According to him, the man was suspected to have used electricity illegally by tampering with the wires at a TNB substation.
“The estimated loss from the year 2019 experienced by TNB is RM1.3 million,” he said in a recent press conference.
The police also arrested 57 foreigners made up of 16 males and 41 females under Section 6(1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959/63 for not having valid travel documents.
A plastic containing black wires connected to a red box was also seized. Some keys were also seized by the TNB SEAL team.
The local suspect is being remanded for four days while the foreigners are being remanded for 14 days beginning Tuesday.
The case is being investigated under Section 427 of the Penal Code which is punishable with imprisonment, fine or both if found guilty.
Meanwhile, under Section 37(3) of the Electricity Supply Act 1990, the offence is punishable with a fine not exceeding RM100,000, imprisonment or both.