KUALA LUMPUR: It was simple enough breaking into the 4WD but the thief did not bargain for what came after that.
What followed was a high-speed chase and weaving in and out of traffic over 10km on Jalan Sungai Besi and Kesas Highway with the thief crashing through a toll gate to escape the 4WD owner who gave chase in a Honda car.
During the chase, the thief’s accomplices, who were in another vehicle (a MPV), tried to force the owner off the road and even warned him to back off by pointing a pistol.
But the owner was undeterred. The chase ended when the thief’s accomplices braked suddenly forcing the owner to ram the Honda into the rear of the MPV and damaging the engine.
The MPV was later found abandoned along the highway. The thieves had then driven off in the 4WD.
Brickfields deputy OCPD Supt Kuzi Minai confirmed the case and said investigations were still under way.
The drama unfolded on Tuesday when the thief managed to “hot-wire” the 4WD and was driving out of the car park in Taman Bukit Desa near Desa Waterpark at 7.30pm when the 47-year-old general manager/owner saw it.
The owner shouted for help but the thief drove off with his accomplices following in the MPV. The man and his friend then gave chase in the latter's Honda.
The owner managed to contact the police after the Honda’s engine started overheating due to the collision.
In another incident, a businessman who was walking to a restaurant for supper was confronted by a knife-wielding man who drove off in his RM400,000 Mercedes Benz two days ago.
The incident happened at a parking lot in Setapak as the 49-year-old businessman was walking to his car at about 11pm.
The robber also asked the businessman to hand over his mobile phone and other valuables before driving off towards Jalan Genting Klang.