PETALING JAYA: In two separate cases, three drug addicts who turned to crime to feed their addiction had their “careers” ended when they were arrested by the police.
In the first case, police arrested a man in his 30s at Taman Bukit Permai on Monday.
The man had a penchant for stealing sports rims and frequented parking lots without security guards, and also targeted cars parked on the roadsides, said Ampang Jaya Deputy OCPD Supt Mohd Zaid Hassan yesterday.
He added that eight police reports had been lodged on the matter.
“The thief stole rims that could be easily removed with a spanner.
“The rims were later sold for about RM30 to RM50 each.
“He needed the cash quickly because of his drug addiction, hence the cheap prices,” he said at a press conference.
He said police believed the suspect, who had been active in crime for one-and-a-half years, had stolen more rims.
In a separate incident, two former shop assistants in their 20s robbed their old workplace to fund their drug habit.
Supt Mohd Zaid said the two stole 118 packets of cigarettes from the shop in Pandan Indah on Jan 13.
“One of the employees recognised the robbers despite them covering up.
“The first suspect was arrested in the area on the same day and the second was detained in Puchong the next day,” he added.
Investigations showed that both were first-time robbers and had left their jobs just two months ago, said Supt Mohd Zaid.