M-cy­clist scares off cat­tle thieves

New Straits Times - - News -

KUAN­TAN: When mo­tor­cy­clist Mohd Amirul Aza­har spot­ted three men forc­ing an ob­ject into the back seat of a car on Wed­nes­day morn­ing, he be­came sus­pi­cious and de­cided to take a closer look.

As the 24-year-old fish­er­man ap­proached the ve­hi­cle, he was shocked to see them try­ing to shove a cow into the back seat. Upon notic­ing him, the sus­pects fled into the nearby jun­gle.

Amirul, from Kam­pung Pan­tai Sepat, who was go­ing to work in Kam­pung Chempaka at 6.30am, said he spot­ted the car parked among some co­conut trees.

“I didn’t ex­pect the ob­ject to be a cow. When the men saw me, they ran into the nearby jun­gle.

“I alerted some vil­lagers, but we could not lo­cate the sus­pects. They might have hid­den in the jun­gle un­til we left the scene,” he said.

Amirul said vil­lagers re­cov­ered tran­quil­liser darts from in­side the ve­hi­cle.

He said there had been live­stock thefts where vil­lagers found cow heads and bones left be­hind after the cat­tle were slaugh­tered.

District po­lice chief As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Ab­dul Aziz Salleh said po­lice were track­ing down the car owner to help in in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

“The sus­pects could be re­spon­si­ble for a spate of live­stock thefts in the area or are part of a syn­di­cate,” he said, adding that the cat­tle owner lodged a re­port on Wed­nes­day.

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