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