By AUSTIN CAMOENS
KAJANG: Two snatch thieves, who were preying on a woman near Bandar Tun Hussein Onn, had their criminal act stopped when they were rammed by an alert motorist.
The motorist, a 25-year-old factory worker, was passing by an aluminium factory when he noticed the woman struggling with two armed men.
One of the men had a parang, and they were trying to steal the woman's handbag as she walked home from the factory.
Fearing for the woman's safety, the good samaritan rammed into the two men and their motorcycle, stunning both of the suspects.
The man got out of his car and apprehended one of the suspects, but the other individual escaped.
Factory workers, who overheard the commotion, gathered around the suspect and beat him up before a police patrol car came and took him into custody.
Kajang OCPD Asst Comm Ab Rashid Ab Wahab told a press conference yesterday the suspect suffered injuries to the head, hands, ribs and right leg from being rammed by the car and as a result of the beating.
He said investigations revealed that the 32-year-old suspect, who tested positive for opiates, was from Seri Kembangan, had prior records for vehicle theft and was only recently released from prison.
Police seized the suspect's sling bag, which contained a number of foreign currencies, a knife and a mobile phone.
ACP Ab Rashid added that the suspect had confessed to 22 snatch thefts around the Klang Valley. Police are now hunting for a 19-year-old accomplice.
In an unrelated case, police detained four Malaysians and 10 foreign nationals believed to be part of a lorry theft syndicate here.
"We got wind of the syndicate following the theft of a lorry near Pekan Batu 9 early this year," he said, adding that police raided a quarry at around 10pm on Wednesday.
He said police recovered a Mitsubishi Fuso and three Nissan lorries, which were believed to be stolen.
"The chassis and engine number of the lorries were tampered with. Among the four locals arrested was a 64-year-old mechanic who is an expert in such cases," he said.