KUALA LUMPUR: A melee erupted between thugs and sales clerks in a smartphone shop at Low Yat Plaza after a group of youth returned to take revenge against the retailers who caught them shoplifting earlier on Saturday.
The scuffle was caught on a video that had gone viral on social media.
The 7.50pm commotion also brought the popular tech shopping mall to a standstill.
Kuala Lumpur CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Zainuddin Ahmad said police arrested a 22-year-old man who was believed to be one of the thugs.
Police are also hunting the remaining six men who smashed up RM70,000 worth of electronics.
The commotion began earlier in the day when the mall’s security guard caught one of the thugs shoplifting in the smartphone store and turned him over to the police.
"His friend was not happy and called other people to go to the shop to damage products," he told reporters.
The thugs entered the shop at 7.50pm and began smashing the glass display, flipping over cabinets and smashing phones and other electronic product.
The sales clerks in the store tried to stop them and it resulted in an all-out brawl on the ground floor of the shopping mall.
Security guards and a police officer were seen standing a few metres away while the fight went on. The thugs shouted at them when they tried to subdue them.
SAC Zainuddin said the security manager of Low Yat Plaza had lodged a report with the police.
The case, he said, was being investigated for rioting and mischief amounting to damage of property.