Police: Bag-snatching video was merely an act

KOTA KINABALU: A video of a man snatching a bag from a woman at a goldsmith here was not a real-life incident, say police.

Acting Kota Kinabalu City police chief Supt Kalsom Idris, in urging the public not to be alarmed, said the outlet’s manager explained that the video was uploaded on social media to heighten public awareness on security and safety.

She said the three-minute 23-second clip put up on Sunday showed a man snatching the bag from the woman at the counter of the goldsmith shop before escaping on foot.

Supt Kalsom said police contacted the manager to investigate the matter and was told that it was just a mock incident.

She said police directed the manager to lodge a police report on the uploading of the recording.

“We hope that people will not speculate on the video shared widely on social media. It is important to check the authenticity of videos being spread,” she said.

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