GEORGE TOWN: A 61-year-old Hungarian backpacker wanted for thefts at luxury hotels here has been nabbed while cycling in Tanjung Bungah.
Two hotel security managers who were on their way for a meeting in Batu Ferringhi tailed the man after they recognised him from CCTV footage.
The Hungarian tried to flee when the duo stopped him but he was caught and handed over to the police.
He was allegedly found with some stolen credit cards and ATM cards.
It is understood that CCTV footage of the backpacker committing theft were shared among hotel managements after numerous hotel guests reported having lost their valuables.
His modus operandi was to steal valuables from the lockers of hotel gymnasiums while pretending to be a guest in the hotels.
George Town OCPD Asst Comm Gan Kong Meng said the man was found with a luxury watch, RM600, US$115, 1,380 baht, S$37, 20,000 francs and two credit cards.
ACP Gan said the man would be investigated under Section 380 of the Penal Code for theft.