Looters have a field day

Big clean up: Workers at the supermarket in Temerloh washing up the store after the premises was flooded and looted.

TEMERLOH: A supermarket chain here has lodged a police report, alleging some people of taking advantage of the recent floods situation to break into and loot its store.

Its branch manager Teoh Hong Kean said losses were very substantial but yet to be fully ascertained.

Teoh said most of the items taken were not just food stuff but electrical goods and other expensive products.

“At the height of the floods, water up to three metres deep have seeped into and flooded the store.

“The looters broke open the door and used boats to cart away the items in a free for all atmosphere,” she said.

Teoh urged the authorities to take action against these looters as she had taken pictures and video recording of the incident.

She said goods estimated to worth about RM1mil were inside before the looters struck.

“The acts of looting has increased our overall losses and is the worst ever floods since we operate here some 10 years ago.

“What are left are items on the top shelves which are not in high demand,” she said.

Temerloh OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Anuar Othman when contacted, said police had initiated investigations into several cases of lootings of shops and supermarkets.

ACP Mohd Anuar said so far, they had detained five suspects for committing thefts in two supermarkets.

“Investigations are still on-going and we have set up teams to conduct regular patrolling in business areas,” he said, adding that they were facing manpower constraints as their personnel were also involved in floods rescue and monitoring.

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