Man suspected of stealing oil palm fruits 9 mths ago caught

The suspect (left) being led to Miri Central Police Station for questioning.

By Brad Rantayy

MIRI, Jan 12: Luck finally ran out for a man in his late 20s when he was picked up by police from Batu Niah yesterday on suspicion of stealing 1.5 metric tonnes of oil palm fruits from an estate in Suai in April last year.

The suspect was nabbed in a village in Suai at around 9pm. However, his two accomplices are still at large.

Batu Niah police have handed him to Miri Central Police Station (CPS) to facilitate investigation.

Last April, the suspect and two others were believed to be spotted driving around the estate in a four-wheel drive vehicle laden with oil palm fruits.

According to sources, security personnel saw the suspect when he got down from the 4WD to change a punctured tyre. It is understood that the tyre was punctured after it ran over a trap set by the estate’s security due to rampant theft of oil palm fruits.

It is unclear why the security personnel did not pounce when the thieves were changing the tyre. But sources reckoned the security personnel must be worried that they might be armed and dangerous. — DayakDaily