Crime & Courts

Couple pretends to want to buy gold bracelet before running off with it

SEREMBAN: A couple pretended to be interested in purchasing jewellery at a gold shop in Senawang near here before running off with a bracelet worth about RM5,000 yesterday evening.

After the 4pm incident, the man and his wife pawned the jewellery at a shop in Jalan Pudu, Kuala Lumpur, before being successfully apprehended at 10.50pm in this district.

Seremban district police chief Assistant Commissioner Arifai Tarawe said the district police headquarters operations room received a report at 4.40pm of a theft involving jewellery weighing 15.33g.

"Investigations revealed that the male suspect, who allegedly wore a face mask, pretended to be interested in buying a RM5,000 gold bracelet before absconding with it.

"It is understood that the suspect got into a car with a woman waiting inside the vehicle outside the premises," he said in a statement today.

He said a police team from the Seremban Criminal Investigation Department detained the couple around 10.50pm yesterday.

"Based on surveillance and information from the public, the husband and wife, aged 46 and 35 respectively, were apprehended at the southbound Seremban Rest and Service Area (R&R) at the North-South Expressway (NSE) here.

"We also seized a Perodua Axia car, a gold bracelet that had been pawned in the federal capital for RM3,600 and cash amounting to RM3,600."

Arifai said preliminary urine tests indicated that the male suspect tested positive for methamphetamine.

"The case is being investigated under Section 380 of the Penal Code and Section 15(1) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.

"Both suspects have been remanded for four days to assist in the investigation. Further checks revealed that the male suspect has 14 records involving drugs and other crimes," he said.

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