‘Snatch theft happened in California, not Penang’


Security camera footage of the snatch theft at a mall in California.

THE snatch theft happened in California, USA, but somehow, video footage of the incident was said to have happened in Tanjung Tokong, Penang.

George Town OCPD Asst Comm Soffian Santong said police investigations revealed that the incident happened at a mall in San Gabriel, Los Angeles, and not George Town.

The 28-second video clip showed a man in black attire acting aggressively by snatching the bag of a woman at a mall.

In a statement on Saturday, ACP Soffian said that the incident happened at 8.40am on June 26.

In the surveillance video, the suspect is seen dragging the woman on the floor of the grocery store after snatching her bag.

He then fled with two of his accomplices.

The suspects also robbed another woman as they were fleeing the scene.

The video was released by the San Gabriel Police Department a day after the incident.

ACP Soffian advised the public to refrain from sharing or spreading any videos or information which cannot be verified and not to jump to any conclusion.

He however said the public could learn a lesson from the incident, advising them to be wary of their surroundings and not to give any opportunity for criminals to commit crimes.

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