Miri Police chief ACP Lim Meng Seah

MIRI: A project site manager was detained for allegedly making up a story, casting himself as the victim of a crime and falsely reporting it to the police.

According to Miri Police chief, ACP Lim Meng Seah, the 37 year-old local man, told the police that his company’s cash amounting at RM11,000 and a laptop was stolen by an unknown individual after shattering the front passenger window of his car on Friday.

“The alleged incident reportedly occurred at a parking lot in Tanjong Lobang, nearby a fast food premises around 2pm, when he (the manager) was having his lunch,” said Lim.

He added, following on the report lodged, police had carried out investigation extensively and determined the incident did not happen but was made up.

“The suspect has been detained, and admitted to fabricating the story as well as providing a false police report after he was arrested,” Lim added.

He said, the man has disclosed that he had used the money to pay up his illegal gambling online debts which amounted to RM11,000.

On that day, the man said he had driven the car, a Toyota Land Cruiser belonging to his company bringing with him a laptop and the cash inside the vehicle.

“And according to his report, he had parked the car nearby the fast food premises in Tanjong Lobang to have his lunch. Upon his return 40 minutes later, he saw the front window of the passenger seat had been smashed and the cash plus the laptop were missing,” said Lim.

It was noted that the cash (RM11,000) was for the advanced payment to Sesco for the installation of new meters at a project site.

The man is currently being placed under police custody to facilitate police investigation.

He has been working for the company since 2010 but he did not tell his boss about his financial problem as he was worried about being losing his job.

The case is being investigated under Section 427 and 182 of the Penal Code.