Caught in the act: The snatch thief attempting to grab Dai’s handbag at Love Lane in Penang. (Right) The suspect being kept under close watch.
GEORGE TOWN: The fight against crime never takes a break – as shown by a policeman on holiday here from China who helped catch a snatch thief.
Luo Yong, 40, was taking a photograph of his wife, Dai Qi, strolling along the tourist spot Love Lane when a motorcyclist came from behind and grabbed her handbag.
He immediately pounced on the man and shoved him off his vehicle during the 9.30pm incident on Tuesday.
Luo overpowered the man, a Penang Municipal Council worker who was still wearing a council T-shirt, before passers-by and traders came to help.
The crimefighter, who suffered light injuries on his legs, said he did not hesitate to pounce on the man when he saw him snatch the handbag.
“In my mind, I was only thinking that our holiday would have been over if we lost the bag. It contained our passports, cash, credit cards and driving licences,” said Luo, who also gave the thumbs-up to the local police for arriving at the scene within three minutes.
He said he remained undaunted by the incident, adding that “he would not be frightened”.
“In fact, we are touched by the warmth and hospitality of the police and the people here. I will be coming back here again,” he said.
Luo’s photograph of the man about to snatch his wife’s bag is believed to be the first of its kind here.
The couple, who was on a holiday with their 10-year-old son from Chengdu, was on their way to their hotel in Penang Road after having dinner in Chulia Street when the snatch theft happened.
Dai, 40, is also in the police force. The family has since left for Langkawi.
Meanwhile, George Town OCPD Asst Comm Gan Kong Meng said the 31-year-old suspect in the case tested positive for morphine.
“We will be presenting a letter of commendation to Luo for his daring and courageous act. We will pass the letter to the Chinese Embassy,” he said yesterday.