QuickCheck: Was a man caught on CCTV stealing a car battery in Kinarut, Sabah?

A MAN calmly walks up to a parked car behind a workshop at night while looking around to see that he is alone.

After making sure the coast is clear, he pops the bonnet and proceeds to remove the car battery before walking off nonchalantly.

A video of this incident has been making the social media rounds, and it is said that the theft took place in Sabah's Kinarut town, some 20km from Kota Kinabalu.

Did this really happen in Sabah as claimed?



The suspect's actions were captured on closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera and the footage was widely shared online.

This helped poice locate and bring in the 27-year-old suspect in Kinarut, in south-western Papar district.

Papar OCPD Supt Kamaruddin Ambo Sakka said the man, a foreigner, was arrested at 5pm on Sunday (Sept 24).

He said the suspect had stolen the car battery near a workshop at Taman Limauan.

The CCTV recordings also showed the suspect at the same premises twice, first at 1.54am on Sept 16 and again at 11pm on Friday (Sept 22).

The workshop owner lodged a report after finding the battery of a Perodua Kancil he was supposed to repair missing on Saturday (Sept 23) morning.

Supt Kamaruddin said police, acting on a tip-off, stormed a unit at Rumah Pangsa Kinarut on Jalan Papar Lama.

“We arrested the suspect there and found in his possession a car battery and a parang, among other items,” he said.

He said the case would be investigated under Section 379 of the Penal Code for theft, and urged the public to immediately report any suspicious activities to the police.

“Business owners are also urged to install CCTV cameras for safety reasons,” Supt Kamaruddin said.

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