A MAN drove off a Porsche Panamera worth RM900,000 from a showroom yesterday after calmly walking in on the pretext of looking for a friend.
The incident took place at a Porsche showroom in Jalan Bukit Bintang at about 9.10am while the staff were having breakfast nearby.
Dang Wangi district police chief ACP Zainuddin Ahmad said the man, clad in a long-sleeved white shirt, dark-coloured trousers and a baseball hat, asked one of the security guards for one of the staff.
"He then went to the office on the first floor of the showroom and took an envelope that contained the car key, and then drove off in the Porche," Zainuddin said.
"The theft was only realised after one of the security guards noticed the car had just left the premises without any registration number."
After viewing the CCTV's footage from the premise, police managed to identify the suspect as Mohd Azri Mohd Kassim, 31.
His last address was 1801-C1, Blok C, Armanee Condominium in Damansara Perdana.
"The suspect had 13 previous criminal records involving car theft, robbery and drug abuse since 2006.
He is also a former Emergency Ordinance detainee and used to be detained at Simpang Renggam," Zainuddin said.
The gold-coloured Porsche Panamera had been due to be sent to a Porsche showroom in Glenmarie, Shah Alam, yesterday.
Police are investigating all aspects, including inside help.
Anyone who has any information on the case is urged to contact investigation officer Inspector Kamarulzaman Endut at 019 6323333, Dang Wangi district police headquarters at 03 2697 7099 or Kuala Lumpur police headquarters at 03 2146 0584 or the nearest police station.
In Kajang, police have arrested five suspects in connection with a Honda showroom robbery on Sept 25, in which five vehicles worth RM500,000 were stolen.
Fifteen armed men raided the showroom at Bandar Sungai Long at about 3 am after tying up two security guards.
Selangor CID chief Mohd Adnan Abdullah said suspects aged between 20 and 30 were picked up on Tuesday at the jetty area in Tanjung Umbai, Melaka around 4.30pm.
Police also managed to recover the stolen vehicles at the jetty and at a warehouse located in Kuala Selangor.
The suspects would be remanded till tomorrow to facilitate investigations.