Habitual offender held — this time for snatch thefts

KUCHING: A man with numerous past criminal records was re-arrested by the police here on suspicion of being involved in two snatch theft cases recently.

District police chief ACP Ahsmon Bajah said the suspect, 37, was arrested in Jalan Tabuan Melayu, here around 5pm on Tuesday (Sept 7).

“As a result of the initial interrogation, the suspect admitted to being involved in the two theft cases and now the police are trying to track down and find the victim’s belongings,” he said in a statement today (Sept 8).

According to him, also seized from the suspect were a motorcycle and a helmet used to commit the crime.

He added that two investigation papers were opened under Section 392 of the Penal Code, namely committing robbery without a firearm.

“If convicted, the suspect could be sentenced to up to 14 years in prison with a fine or whipping.

“Meanwhile, the suspect was also found to have 15 previous criminal records, namely one snatch theft case, two violent crime cases and 12 drug cases,” he said.

On September 3, the suspect allegedly snatched the necklaces of two victims at Taman Hui Sing and Stutong Commercial Centre.

The incident in Hui Sing was recorded by a car dashboard camera and went viral on social media.

A report on the incident which resulted in a loss of around RM4,300 was made by the victims which prompted the establishment of a special investigation team from the District Criminal Investigation Division, Sekama Police Station and Tabuan Jaya Police Station.