KOTA KINABALU: The four-wheel-drive that was taken outside the home of a businessman during a carjacking in Luyang here is believed to be one of the hot items that car thieves are targeting.
Police sources said this following the theft of the Toyota Hilux belonging to businessman Peng Shih Cheng, 65, at Taman Golden City on Sunday.
He died while trying to stop an unidentified man from driving away in his vehicle just after he arrived home from running some errands at the market.
Peng had reportedly left his house alone at about 6.30am and returned home around 10am.
He was said to have left his engine running when he got off the vehicle to open the gate of the house. In that instant, someone rushed to the car and took over the wheel.
Peng reportedly held on to the door handle on the driver’s side of his newly-bought 4WD and was dragged along until he could no longer hang on to the door.
Sabah police formed a special team last month to tackle the rising number of car thefts, with the Toyota Hilux listed among the hot models for thieves.
Kota Kinabalu police chief Asst Comm Jauteh Dikun said the police have yet to trace Peng’s stolen Toyota Hilux, adding that the police were unclear where the vehicle had been taken to.
However, he believed the vehicle was not too far from here.
“We are still investigating and searching for the vehicle,” he said.
Peng’s remains were claimed by family members from the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital mortuary yesterday.