PETALING JAYA, Feb 25 — Police have arrested two men for suspected snatched theft after a viral video footage of their crime in Kota Baru, Kelantan earlier today.
The men were believed to have preyed on a 72-year-old woman who was walking on a street, with one of the duo grabbing her bags and causing the woman to fall, hitting her head hard on the ground, while his partner was the driver of their escape car.
Police sources said the authorities were alerted to the incident by the public after the victim was spotted lying on the ground around 12.15pm at Taman Limau Manis in Kota Bharu.
“We managed to track down two suspects aged between 33 and 27 to a house in Jalan Bayam, Kota Baru after conducting a check on the vehicle’s number plate.
“The older suspect confessed to the crime during interrogation while the second suspect confessed to driving the vehicle,” one of the sources said.
The source said police managed to recover the victim’s missing personal identification card and her handbag except for the stolen money amounting to RM200.
The victim suffered minor injuries to the left side of her head due to the fall and was brought to Hospital Raja Perempuan Zainab II for treatment.
Initial investigation showed the vehicle was registered to a 59-year-old man who was the in-law of the 33-year-old suspect and had not been reported missing.
The 33-year-old suspect also has two previous conviction on drug offences and the duo also tested positive for meth during their arrests.
Kota Baru police chief Assistant Commissioner Ismail Mat Sidik confirmed the incident.
In the excerpt of the video clip, two men could be seen waiting near a black Proton Persona while the woman victim walked past them with her arms laden with bags.
Mere seconds later, one of the men charged at the victim who was unlocking her vehicle parked in front of theirs, and wrestled her handbag with force, causing the woman to fall head first on to the ground.
The thief then hopped into the getaway car, the number plate which was captured on close circuit television recording and the incident widely shared on social media.
The woman was seen lying on the ground unaided even though there were motorists passing by the road. At first immobile, she could be seen waving an arm in the air before falling into an open drain by the side of the road.