KOTA KINABALU: Two formerly convicted brothers have been arrested after allegedly robbing a 49-year-old woman of her gold necklace at the city centre here.
City police chief Assistant Commissioner M. Chandra said the prime suspect – a 53-year-old man who has been going in and out of prison since 1993 – snatched the necklace in front of a convenience store at about 1.30pm on June 14.
“He sped away on his motorcycle. The road was busy and crowded as it was the festive season, and the victim had just finished shopping.
“The woman was uninjured but lost her RM2,000 necklace. She and her 24-year-old daughter, however, are able to identify the suspect,” he said.
ACP Chandra said police tracked down the suspects and arrested them at an unmarked house in Inanam at 5.15am on Wednesday (June 20).
The main suspect, who is also the older brother, has previous records for theft, dishonestly possessing stolen property, shoplifting, criminal intimidation, and drug-related offences.
His 43-year-old brother was imprisoned in 2013 and 2016 for theft and criminal intimidation.
Both men tested positive for drugs at the time of the arrest, ACP Chandra said.
He added that police seized the motorcycle used in the robbery, a wallet and a receipt from a pawnshop issued to the prime suspect.
“It is believed that he had pawned off the necklace for RM930,” ACP Chandra said, adding that both suspects have been remanded until June 26 to help in investigations under Section 392 of the Penal Code for robbery.
He thanked the public for their swift response in sharing information on the incident, which led to the arrest of the duo.
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