Colombian duo nabbed over string of thefts in KL

KUALA LUMPUR: A Colombian man and woman have been arrested in connection with a string of thefts here.

Brickfields OCPD Asst Comm Anuar Omar said they were alerted following a theft of RM120,000 cash at around 3pm on Nov 20.

"A man and his son had just made a withdrawal from a bank on Jalan Klang Lama and were driving in their Honda Accord when the car suffered a punctured tyre along the Federal Highway.

"They checked the vehicle and found that there was a metal rod stuck in one of the tyres and began changing it.

"When they were done and entered the vehicle, they realised that the bag containing the cash had vanished," he said in a statement on Wednesday (Nov 25).

He said a police report was lodged on the matter and four days later a police team conducted an operation in Bangsar at around 4pm.

"They observed a silver Honda City driven by a foreigner with a passenger inside.

"The police team tailed the suspects and tried to stop the vehicle near Jalan Telawi 4.

"The suspects tried to flee the scene and acted aggressively towards the police but were subdued and arrested," he said, adding that the two suspects were a 55-year-old man and a 70-year-old woman from Colombia.

He said police seized a mobile phone, documents and the vehicle which was believed to have fake license plates.

"Following questioning, we believe both suspects were involved in three similar cases around Brickfields.

"They have been remanded to help with further investigations," he said urging anyone with information to contact the Brickfields police hotline at +03-2297 9222.

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