Cops bust Ipoh copper thieves

A 37-year old Thai national was nabbed for allegedly stealing cigarettes and lighters (pic) worth RM250 from a store in Taman Chemor Cemerlang. — Picture courtesy of Ipoh police
A 37-year old Thai national was nabbed for allegedly stealing cigarettes and lighters (pic) worth RM250 from a store in Taman Chemor Cemerlang. — Picture courtesy of Ipoh police

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IPOH, Jan 26 — Two men were caught red-handed by police with a sack of cut wires and copper after jumping out of a house on Jalan Kelab Golf here about 3.30pm yesterday.

The older of the two men was holding a red sack with the items and a set of motorcycle keys while his 18-year-old partner was carrying a brown bag containing a wire cutter and several other tools.

“We believe the suspects stole the copper and wires from the house, which cost around RM3,000,” Ipoh police chief Assistant Commissioner Mohd Ali Tamby said in a WhatsApp text message.

“We also seized a blue Honda Wave motorcycle, which had earlier been reported stolen,” he added.

Mohd Ali said police had then attempted to inform the house owners about the theft and to advise them to file a report.

However, he said the house was unoccupied, adding that it was last rented by a developer who left three months ago.

“The house did not have electricity or any appliances like air-conditioners or closed-circuit television cameras,” he said.

The two suspects are currently being held at the Bercham police station and the police will be applying for a remand soon.

In a separate incident, police arrested a 37-year old Thai national for allegedly breaking into a store in Taman Chemor Cemerlang and stealing cigarettes and lighters worth RM250 this morning.

The man was allegedly caught in the act by the store’s owner who entered the premises at around 3am and found the door open with the Thai man inside.

Mohd Ali said the complainant immediately called the police, who subsequently found 27 lighters and 10 boxes of cigarettes in the suspect’s possession.

“We believe the suspect entered the store through a side door, which he wedged open with a piece of wood.

“There were no CCTV cameras or alarm systems in place. The suspect was then taken to the Chemor police station for further action.” he said.

Mohd Ali added that both cases were being investigated for lurking house-trespass or housebreaking by night in order to commit an offence punishable with imprisonment, under Section 457 of the Penal Code.

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