Guard ar­rested a week af­ter al­legedly steal­ing bus pas­sen­ger’s wal­let

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SHAH ALAM: A se­cu­rity guard sus­pected of steal­ing a woman’s wal­let in a bus was de­tained by po­lice al­most a week af­ter the in­ci­dent.

The 30-year-old man’s act was cap­tured on closed cir­cuit tele­vi­sion and the footage was later fea­tured in a video clip that went vi­ral.

The video clip shows the woman ac­com­pa­ny­ing three chil­dren sit­ting at the back of the bus, and even­tu­ally get­ting off the ve­hi­cle.

She leaves her hand­bag on the seat and a se­cu­rity guard, who is a trav­eller on the bus, rum­mages through the bag and steals the wal­let.

Shah Alam dis­trict po­lice chief As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Ba­harudin Mat Taib said the in­ci­dent oc­curred when the woman took the bus at Sec­tion 19 at about 9am last Sun­day.

“She re­turned to the bus on re­al­is­ing her hand­bag was miss­ing. How­ever, when she re­turned to the bus, the hand­bag was no longer there.

“Act­ing on in­for­ma­tion, the po­lice de­tained the sus­pect at a house in Sec­tion 20 at 1.15am yes­ter­day, which led to the dis­cov­ery of sev­eral stolen items.

“We re­cov­ered the vic­tim’s wal­let, MyKad, driv­ing li­cence, three MyKid cards and five ATM cards,” said Ba­harudin.

He said the sus­pect had a record for a drug-re­lated of­fence, but tested neg­a­tive in a urine test.

“He is be­ing re­manded for in­ves­ti­ga­tion un­der Sec­tion 379 of the Pe­nal Code,” he said.

Shah Alam City Coun­cil cor­po­rate and pub­lic re­la­tions di­vi­sion head Shahrin Ah­mad said the bus com­pany con­firmed the case.

“Rapid in­formed the coun­cil about the in­ci­dent which oc­curred on a bus along the sec­tions 19, 17, 18, 20 and 24 route.

“The coun­cil is leav­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion to po­lice,” said Shahrin, who ad­vised bus com­muters to be aware of their be­long­ings.

Ba­harudin Mat Taib

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