KUALA LUMPUR: A plainclothes policeman on his way home after work was robbed of a Smith and Wesson .38 revolver and 15 rounds of live bullets yesterday.
A police source said the 42-year-old policeman from the 14th mile Hulu Langat/Kajang police station was on his way from Batu Caves, where he was stationed to his house in Taman Pinggiran Delima when the incident occurred.
The general duty corporal was riding on his motorcycle along Jalan Hulu Langat, when a man in his 20s on a red Yamaha RZX came next to him and tried to grab a pouch from the basket in front of the motorcycle.
The thief finally managed to seize the pouch, when the policeman lost control of his motorcycle as he tried to fight off his assailant.
The source said the thief then sped off with the pouch containing the Smith and Wesson .38 revolver loaded with five bullets. The pouch also had 10 more live bullets and the policeman's wallet.
The corporal then lodged a report at his police station.
When contacted, Ampang Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Azmi Hashim confirmed the incident but declined further comment.
Yesterday's incident was the second time a policeman was robbed of his firearm.
Last Friday, a 28-year-old lance corporal from the Cheras district police headquarters was slashed and robbed by three men at Taman Tasik Permaisuri in Bandar Tun Razak here.
The robbers fled with the policemans Smith and Wesson .38 revolver, his wallet with his authority card inside, a handphone and RM200.
The policeman was on his way home on his motorcycle to Desa Tasik, when a man stopped him and attacked him.