Suspect arrested for snatching policewoman’s wallet

Lim (right) presenting a certificate of participation to a representative of one of the schools.

By Brad Rantayy

MIRI, July 17: A man was detained yesterday for allegedly snatching a wallet belonging to a female police officer last week.

Miri police chief ACP Lim Meng Seah confirmed this when met this morning after attending a parade by 228 National Police Cadet (NPC) participants from 19 secondary schools in Miri.

The parade was held at Miri police headquarters in conjunction with the NPC’s 45th anniversary .

He said, the 23 year-old suspect, a local was picked up at 5.30pm from Kampung Raan by Miri Criminal Investigation Department (CID) police personnel led by Inspector Fredly Juing.

He is currently under police custody at Miri Central police station (CPS) for questioning.

The case is being investigated under Section 392 of Penal Code which carries up to 14 years’ imprisonment with a fine or whipping, upon conviction.

The alleged snatch theft incident took place at an eatery in Marina Park here, when the victim was going to make payment at the counter.

According to a report lodged, the suspect has came out of nowhere and snatched the victim’s wallet before fleeing the scene.

CID personnel escorting the suspect into Miri CPS.

Meanwhile, on the recent bullying video incident which had gone viral, Lim said the police is still on the hunt for the fifth suspect, following the arrests of four suspects yesterday.

“The case has been considered solved, and I want to advise the public to stop makimg any speculations regarding the case on social media,” he said.

Concerning today’s parade, Lim lauded the students’ active participantion in NPC.

“I hope we can mould their positive attitudes,” he said.

He also expressed concern over criminal activities involving youths especially school students and expressed belief active community participation especially by parents and tachers play crucial roles in crime prevention efforts.

Nationwide, in 2018, a total of 1,286 school students were detained for their involvement in 1,042 criminal activities.

On NPC which was established on March 2, 1970, a total of 1,942 schools nationwide with 117,246 students (as of Jan 31, 2019) are active in the body. — DayakDaily