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Miri police solve snatch-theft case within hours

Last Update: 16/06/2019

MIRI, June 14 (Bernama) -- The Miri police have solved a snatch-theft case involving a woman within hours today with the arrest of a local male suspect.

Miri District Police chief ACP Lim Meng Seah said the suspect, an unemployed 41-year-old, was arrested in a budget hotel room at 12.30 pm after snatching an Indonesian woman's phone about three and half hours earlier.

"The incident occurred at 9 am when the victim had her smartphone worth RM800 snatched by a man in front of a shop near the Mega Hotel here," he said in a statement tonight.

Lim said the victim sought help from another man who sent a message to the victim's handphone that was still with the suspect, and the suspect agreed to surrender the victim's cellphone after he was told the incident had been recorded on a closed-circuit television camera (CCTV).

"The suspect told the man (that sent the message) that the mobile phone was at the budget hotel room, and at 12.30 pm a team from the Miri Criminal Investigation Department conducted a raid and arrested the suspect," he said, adding that the case was investigated under Section 392 of the Penal Code for robbery.




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