Crime & Courts

Wife suspected of stealing husband's money, jewellery worth RM520k

MELAKA: Police arrested a woman on suspicion of stealing cash and jewellery worth more than half a million ringgit belonging to her husband and mother-in-law at their home in Taman Permatang Pasir Perdana, Alai, here, earlier this month.

Melaka Tengah district police chief Assistant Commissioner Christopher Patit said the 37-year-old woman was arrested on Wednesday after her husband who runs a licensed money lending business lodged a report.

He said the 35-year-old complainant stated that he only noticed the missing cash and valuables on Jan 4 when he returned from Kuala Lumpur to his home here.

"The complainant was surprised to discover that cash from daily sales amounting to about RM520,000 had disappeared from his two safes around 6.30pm.

"He further reported that there was also an unknown amount of cash and jewellery belonging to his mother in the two safes.

"The man suspected that his wife had stolen the cash and jewellery as there was no sign of damage to the two safes and proceeded to file a police report at 11.42pm at the Kandang Police Station on the same day," Christopher said when contacted here.

He said acting on the report, police conducted an investigation before arresting the suspect at a house in Jalan Chengal 4, Taman Merdeka, Batu Berendam on Jan 25, at about 9pm.

He said police also confiscated a mobile phone from the suspect who was remanded for two days starting on Jan 26 to assist with the investigation before being released on police bail yesterday.

"The suspect had thus far returned RM280,000 in cash to her in-law, but she had also made a police report at BP Kandang denying involvement in the case.

"Further investigations are still being carried out in accordance with Section 380 of the Penal Code for theft, which carries a maximum 10 years' imprisonment and a fine, upon conviction."

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