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Snatch thieves - expensive lesson learned, don't talk on the phone while driving
09 January 2013 | last updated at 11:55PM
Foreigner loses RM35,000 to snatch thieves
IN SHOCK: Mother of two was at a traffic light junction when 6 men on motorcycles attacked
A PREGNANT Australian citizen was left in shock after her car window was smashed and her handbag grabbed when she stopped at a traffic light junction near Bandar Utama, here, yesterday morning.
The victim, Karen Chuah, 40, was attacked by six men on three motorcycles before they escaped with her handbag containing cash and jewellery estimated at RM35,000. Chuah was not harmed.
Speaking to the New Straits Times, the mother of two said the incident occurred about 9.30am when she was on her way to a shopping centre.
Chuah, who was driving a Honda Accord, stopped at a traffic light at Lebuh Bandar Utama and was on the phone with her mother when two men on a motorcycle smashed the front passenger window.
"One of them tried to grab the handbag which was on the front passenger seat and I tried to stop him. There was a tug-of-war," she said.
Realising that the robbers had accomplices, she gave up and let go of her handbag.
"After the robber got hold of my handbag, two others on a third motorcycle rode up on my side and the handbag was passed them over the car.
"Then all three motorcycles sped off. Two did not have registration plates," she said.
Chuah tried to give chase but lost them in heavy traffic.
She claimed that she was still in a daze but what troubled her was the fact that the incident was witnessed by many motorists but none came forward to help.
"The robbers had planned this well. Two of them on one motorcycle pulled off the robbery while four others on two motorcycles were on hand to intercept if anything went wrong with the heist," Chuah said.
"I cannot believe that the robbers were so bold. I have heard of such incidents but never thought that I would be a victim."
A Petaling Jaya police spokesman confirmed the incident and urged witnesses to come forward. Police had also lifted several sets of fingerprints from Chuah's car.
The incident occurred less than 48 hours after an AirAsia X pilot and his wife suffered a similar incident at Jalan P. Ramlee in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday evening.
The couple had stopped at a traffic light junction when two men on a motorcycle smashed the front passenger window, punched the pilot's wife before escaping with her handbag containing RM4,000 and other valuables.
The pilot and his wife also noted that the robbers were bold even though there were scores of motorists around.
Karen Chuah looks on as a police officer examines her car. Pic by Zulfadhli Zulkifli