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The Thai Customs Department has recently seized 30 stolen cars, including 13 from Malaysia, worth 21.6 million baht (RM2.1 million), on transit to a third country, Bernama reports.

The cars were shipped from Singapore to Thailand and declared as furniture and new cars, said Thai Customs director-general Rakob Srisupaat. Meanwhile, an official said Thailand would hand over 25 stolen vehicles to the Malaysian authorities by the end of this month.

Malaysian Ambassador to Thailand Datuk Nazirah Hussain expressed her appreciation over close cooperation given by Thai authorities in curbing cross-border crimes, as the syndicates involved usually recruit members from two or more nations, she said.

This close cooperation has allowed more stolen Malaysian vehicles to be traced and returned to their owners, Nazirah added.

An official said that although hundreds of stolen Malaysian vehicles have been recovered in Thailand, the hand-over process runs into legal and insurance wrangle.

“To add insult to injury, some of the vehicles were found to be used in criminal activities and ended up as court exhibits. Sending the vehicles home is also costly,” he said.