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MALACCA: Malacca police have nabbed a teenager believed to be involved in a snatch theft incident which left a female clerk dead in Jalan Benteng, Balai Panjang, here, four days ago.
The 17-year-old, a drop out, was arrested with three men, in their 20s, during an operation on two homestays in Merlimau and Semabok, which began at 1.30pm yesterday.
Malacca CID deputy chief Supt R. Gunarajan said the suspects were believed to be members of a gang responsible for 15 house break-ins and snatch theft cases in Melaka Tengah and Jasin since last year.
He said following investigations, the teenager admitted to taking a handbag from the victim's motorcycle basket during the incident.
"The teen was riding a motorcyle with another friend, who we are still seeking, during the incident," he told a news conference at the Melaka Contingent Police Headquarters, here today.
In the 8.05am incident last Saturday, Tang Mui Choo, 35, was riding a motorcycle on her way to work when two men approached her and caused her to fall off her machine, resulting in the victim head and rib injuries before she was pronounced dead the next day.
Gunarajan said police also seized three laptops, eight mobile phones, a wallet and foreign currency and four helmets during the operation.
The gang was believed to seek shelter in homestays or hotels and left only to steal or buy drugs.
He added that the suspects, all of whom tested positive for methamphetamine, had been placed under remand pending investiagtions. -- BERNAMA