Three held over stolen police patrol vehicle

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KEPALA BATAS – The police have arrested three individuals believed to have been involved in stealing a Honda Civic 1.8S patrol vehicle (MPV) from the Seberang Perai Utara district police headquarters (IPD) here last night, after the vehicle was found in Shah Alam, Selangor, early today.

According to a source, two men who are siblings aged 28nd 32 fled with the MPV after claiming that they were police members from the Information Technology Resource division and were there to check on the dash camera in the MPV.

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“Everything happened so fast and within minutes the men were out of the 1PD compound, without raising any suspicion,” he told Bernama today.

He said the supervisor (a policeman with the rank of sergeant), only realised that the MPV vehicle was stolen half an hour later when the suspects did not return to the IPD and could not be contacted.

The vehicle was found several hours later in Shah Alam, Selangor and police managed to arrest a male suspect as well as a woman in her 20s, believed to be his girlfriend, who were in the car.

Following the arrest, another man, the younger brother of the first suspect was detained in Tasek Gelugor early this morning.

“Investigations found that the suspect had initially picked up his girlfriend in Tasek Gelugor, and it is believed the couple had made an attempt to rob a grocery store before driving to Shah Alam,” he said adding the suspect stole the car to impress his girlfriend.

Police investigations also found that the main suspect had been arrested on Oct 15 for stealing electrical cables and both siblings have past criminal records including drug convictions.

According to the source the siblings were also hardcore drug addicts and investigations also revealed that the main suspect who fled with the MPV has mental health problems.

Meanwhile, SPU district police chief ACP Noorzainy Mohd Noor when contacted confirmed the incident adding that investigations were ongoing under Section 379A and 170 of the Penal Code.

— BERNAMA