Car part thieves caught red-handed

AMPANG: Two men have been detained for allegedly stealing vehicle components after their act was caught on video, footage of which had gone viral.

Ampang Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Mohamad Farouk Eshak said a victim received a video from his friend at about 3pm on Tuesday showing two men in the midst of dismantling parts from his vehicle in Ampang Jaya.

“When confronted, both men gave the excuse that they were fixing the car, but they quickly fled in another vehicle.

“When he checked, the victim discovered that his exhaust pipe’s catalytic converter had been cut, although the thieves did not manage to escape with the goods,” he said when contacted.

Police managed to track down and detain the duo, aged 24 and 25, at about 11pm the same day, he added.

“Both suspects have criminal records.

“We also seized various vehicle components including two catalytic converters as well as various equipment used by the suspects, including an electric reciprocating saw, two car jacks, and a ratchet pipe cutter,” he said.

Both men will be remanded, ACP Mohamad Farouk said.

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