Arsonist caught in the act

Fiery act: A CCTV image of the culprit torching the display panel inside a lift at the Rifle Range flats

A WOMAN in her 20s was caught torching the display panel of a lift at the Rifle Range flats in Penang.

A closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera caught her in the act of setting the panel on fire on Saturday.

The Rifle Range Community Development and Security Committee (JKKK) chairman Loh Eng Kim, who had since lodged a police report over the matter, said the woman could also be responsible for torching a motorcycle on the same day at about 9pm.

“We saw her walking away from a motorcycle parked on the ground floor of Block E,” he said.

“Shortly after that, the motorcycle caught fire.

“All this was captured on CCTV. About five minutes later, she was caught setting the display panel on fire.

“We hope action will be taken against the culprit, who is said to be a resident here,” he said during a press conference yesterday.

Also present were Enson Neoh, who is special assistant to Kebun Bunga assemblyman Jason Ong, Rifle Range JKKK vice-chairman Lee Chun Eng, committee members Lee Khay Bing and K. Thinakaran.

Neoh said those with the intention of vandalising private property in the vicinity of the flats better watch out.

He said many suspects had their images captured by the CCTVs for urinating in the lifts, motorcycle theft, littering, snatch theft and even molestation following the installation of 122 CCTVs in October.

“Nobody can escape from the CCTVs.

“Eight out of the nine blocks of flats here have CCTVs, except Block J,” he added.

“We are going to install CCTVs in that block as well, but before that, we have to change the lifts first,” he said.

Neoh said CCTVs would act as a deterrent to criminals, who intend to strike in the neighbourhood.

George Town OCPD Asst Comm Gan Kong Meng confirmed receiving a police report, adding that an investigation was on-going to identify the culprit.

It was earlier reported that the state government had spent nearly RM90,000 to install 122 CCTVs at the Rifle Range flats.

It is learnt that although there were 98 cameras set up previously, many residents were living in fear following a snatch theft that caused the death of widow Tan Kim Chuan near Block J in July.

Bouncer Ooi Kean Leong, 35, has since been arrested and charged with Tan’s murder.

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