Two palm fruit bunch thieves held

Policemen with one of the suspects (fourth left).

MIRI: Two men were detained in Sepupok, Niah for stealing oil palm fresh fruit bunch (FFB) from an orchard in Kampung Kelulit Bekenu.

Miri police chief ACP Hakemal Hawari said the duo, aged 36 and 49, were arrested following a report lodged by the orchard’s owner who spotted them harvesting the FFB on Monday (June 14).

More than 400kg of FFB worth RM355.50 were reported missing.

The first suspect was detained in Sepupok town on Tuesday (June 15) at 5.05pm.

The other suspect was arrested 30 minutes after.

Also seized was a four-wheel drive vehicle, believed to have been used during the incident.

Further investigation revealed that one of the suspects took the stolen FFB to a nearby palm oil mill using his father’s name.

The case is being investigated under Section 379 of the Penal Code for theft.