Police: Be wary of towing scam
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.