MELAKA: Police here arrested a woman suspected of stealing her husband's business money amounting to RM520,000 in a raid in Taman Merdeka, Batu Berendam last Wednesday (Jan 25).
Melaka Tengah OCPD Asst Comm Christopher Patit said the 35-year-old suspect was arrested following a police report made by her husband who claimed the cash kept in two safes at his home was missing.
"On Jan 4, at about 6.30pm, the 37-year-old complainant returned to his home in Permatang Pasir, Alai, from Kuala Lumpur and checked two safe boxes on the second and third floor of the house and found that the business cash was missing.
"The amount of cash in the two safes was approximately RM520,000 and the safes also contained other cash, the amount of which cannot be ascertained, as well as jewellery belonging to the complainant's mother," he said in a statement here Saturday (Jan 28).
ACP Christopher said the complainant, who runs a licensed money lending business, stated that there was no damage to the safes and that he suspected his wife of stealing the money.
He added that during an interrogation, the suspect, who had been having problems with her husband, did not admit to being involved in the case and lodged a police report to clear herself.
"The suspect also claimed to have returned RM280,000 to her brother-in-law at a petrol station in Semabok and the brother-in-law also lodged a report of having received the money.
"However, the suspect did not return the remaining amount, which is why the case is ongoing, but when asked, she said it was only a fixed deposit document and not cash," he said.
ACP Christopher said police also seized a mobile phone and the suspect was remanded for two days on Jan 26 and 27 but was later released on police bail.
He said the case was being investigated under Section 380 of the Penal Code for theft in dwellings. - Bernama