KOTA KINABALU: A group of thieves stealing an electricity cable modified a grass cutting machine into a portable cutter as a tool of their trade.
The modified cutter was uncovered when three men and a woman were arrested after stealing over 4m of high tension electricity cable in Tanjung Aru beach, near here.
Kota Kinabalu police chief Asst Comm M. Chandra said the grass cutter had a grinder disc attached to it to allow the thieves to cut the cable.
A police team detained the three men, aged between 25 and 34, as well as the 26-year-old woman at about 5.30am on May 29 after being alerted by security guards from a nearby condominium.
Police found the modified grass cutter, the stolen cable, a transformer fuse, a saw, a knife and a hammer in their car.
Police, he said, were awaiting confirmation that the cable belongs to the utility firm, Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB).
ACP Chandra said the three men tested positive for the synthetic drug meth, adding that the suspects have been remanded until tomorrow.