ARAU: A woman due to deliver her baby soon was arrested for stealing RM45,000 worth of gold bracelets from a jewellery shop yesterday.
The 29-year-old suspect was detained in Simpang Empat, Kangar, with her female accomplice less than 24 hours after pulling the crime.
Arau police chief Superintendent Ahmad Mohsin Md Rodi said in the 4.20pm incident, the woman, who is nine months pregnant, had entered the jewellery shop under the pretext of shopping for gold bracelets.
"According to a sales assistant at the jewellery shop, the suspect wanted to look at two gold bracelets.
"After about 10 minutes inspecting the bracelets, the suspect suddenly ran out from the premises and jumped on a motorcycle ridden by her accomplice," he said in a statement.
Mohsin said with the help of the police forensic team from the state headquarters they managed to lift the suspect's fingerprint and uncover her identity.
"The suspect and her accomplice, aged 36, were arrested in Simpang Empat, Kangar, and we managed to recover the stolen items," he said.
Police also seized the getaway motorcycle used by the suspects.
Mohsin said the pregnant woman is self-employed while her accomplice works as a canteen helper.
Police have obtained a remand order against the duo until this Saturday for further investigations.