KUALA LUMPUR: Instead of catching a snatch thief, a security guard allowed him to escape after the suspect was cornered by the victim in a toilet stall at a popular park here.
The thief tried to hide in one of the stalls in a public toilet after attacking a couple at the KLCC park around 9.45pm on Feb 20.
“My girlfriend and I were taking a walk when someone punched me from behind and I fell. I then heard my girlfriend scream and a man running away with her handbag,” said bank worker Chook Wai Keat, 24.
He and another man, who witnessed the incident, gave chase and saw the thief dash into the public toilet.
“We rushed in and struggled with the thief and managed to trap him in one of the toilet stalls,” he said.
However, their efforts came to naught when a security guard turned up and broke up the scuffle.
In doing so, he opened the toilet door and the thief escaped.
“I was furious. He helped the thief instead of helping us,” said Chook, adding that he later found out from the KLCC management that the thief was a former security guard.
Another snatch theft at KLCC occurred around 8.15pm on March 29, when Cheong Chor Leng was approached by two men while getting into a friend’s car.
“My friend and I were leaving
the convention centre and I was about to get into her car when two men suddenly came from behind.
“They shoved me to the ground and snatched my handbag before fleeing,” said the 30-year-old insurance agent, who suffered a fractured arm in the attack.
She said she did not get a good look at the men as the area was dark and it was raining.
Chook and Cheong were speaking to a press conference with MCA Public Services and Complaints Department chief Datuk Seri Michael Chong at Wisma MCA yesterday.
“The situation must be looked at seriously by the KLCC management as these cases happened in a public area which is visited by tourists.
“I urge everyone to be extra careful when out in public,” said Chong.
A spokesman for the Dang Wangi district police headquarters confirmed the cases.