MIRI: A Sarawak Energy (SEB) vehicle was vandalised late Wednesday evening at the basement car park of a hotel here.
In the incident, an iron rod was thrown at the vehicle’s front windshield that shattered the glass and caused the rod to penetrate through the screen.
The culprit also broke open the back cabin of the vehicle and poured diesel onto things placed in the cabin.
“SEB has lodged a police report and footage of the act captured by the surveillance cameras had been obtained by police for further investigation.
“A yellow diesel bottle in the back cabin, suspected to be left by the culprit was also seized by the police for finger print tracing,” the power company said in a press release yesterday.
SEB is currently carrying out a two-week statewide meter inspection operation from Miri to Kuching.
In this statewide operation, meter inspection teams are working at high-risk premises that have the potential of committing power theft offence.
The vandalised vehicle was utilised by one of the teams in the operation in Miri.
“The details of all the premises caught meter tampering have been given to the police to assist in the investigation of the vandalism case. Police view this matter seriously as this is the second threatening case in Miri in three weeks for Sarawak Energy,” said the press release.
In the first case, an inspection team was threatened by a customer with a gun.
SEB said power theft in Miri was estimated at RM20mil annually.
“The company would like to remind the public power theft is a crime under the Electricity Ordinance Section 33(5), which carries the penalty of up to five years imprisonment or fine of RM100,000 or both.”
The public can report power theft information at 082-443 535. All information is kept strictly confidential.