Po­lice: Be wary of tow­ing scam

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

KUALA LUMPUR: Po­lice have ar­rested a drug ad­dict for ex­tort­ing money from car own­ers af­ter il­le­gally tow­ing their ve­hi­cles.

Traf­fic En­force­ment and In­ves­ti­ga­tion Depart­ment chief ACP Mohd Nadzri Hus­sain said act­ing on a tip-off, po­lice nabbed the man, who was driv­ing an un­li­cenced tow truck.

“The sus­pect was not li­cenced to op­er­ate a tow truck. The road tax of the truck had ex­pired in 2012 and the 35-year-old man also tested pos­i­tive for metham­phetamine,” said Nadzri.

The vic­tims’ ve­hi­cles had been towed from a road near the Kuala Lumpur Hos­pi­tal and they were then is­sued “com­pounds” for RM150 or more.

“The sus­pect would not re­lease the ve­hi­cles if the vic­tims re­fused to pay,” said Nadzri.

The case is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated un­der Sec­tion 385 of the Pe­nal Code for ex­tor­tion, Road Trans­port Act 1987 and the Dan­ger­ous Drugs Act 1952.

Nadzri has urged mo­torists who have fallen vic­tim to such cases to lodge a re­port at the near­est po­lice sta­tion.

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