Three guards nabbed for stealing 28 TVs
NIBONG TEBAL: Three security guards hired by a property developer have been arrested for allegedly stealing 28 LED television sets from the company’s storeroom in Bandar Cassia here.
Penang police chief Comm Datuk Seri A. Thaiveegan said a contractor lodged a report on Wednesday after he discovered the TVs – ranging from 43-inch models to 75-inch models – missing from the locked room.
“We managed to track down four suspects aged between 21 and 48 living nearby in Simpang Ampat.
“Initial investigation revealed that three security guards stole the screens before they stopped working on Dec 28 last year.
“We believe they broke into the storeroom between Dec 20 and 26 and then kept the loot at a 41-year-old Bangladeshi man’s house,” he told reporters at the South Seberang Prai district police headquarters in Jawi yesterday.
Comm Thaiveegan added that police have so far recovered 26 of the screens worth about RM400,000 and are tracing the remaining two units which are believed to have been sold.
“We believe the screens were sold on social media at a discounted price.
“They sold it for between RM1,000 and RM2,000 each while their actual retail price is between RM4,000 and RM7,000 each,” he said.
Comm Thaiveegan said the four suspects have been remanded for a week pending investigation.
The car used to transport the screens was also seized.
Also present at the press conference was South Seberang Prai district police chief Supt Shafee Abdul Samad.
In safe hands: Comm Thaiveegan (foreground) showing some of the recovered LED televisions.