WOMAN HELD FOR THEFT
Police here have detained a 48year- old local woman in connection with a report by an express bus operator that RM37,203 he kept in a bag was stolen. The suspect was picked up at the roundabout, off Ba Zhong Commercial Center here on Monday, said Acting District Police Chief DSP Mohd Zaidi Abdullah.
He said the bus operator, 52, stated in the report that the bag containing the money was put in a ticketing office at the bus station in Sabindo here about 1.30pm on Monday when it was stolen.
Suddenly, a woman went into the ticketing office and took the bag away, and she tried to flee to Lahad Datu by bus. Zaidi, who is also District Public Order Head, said the victim chased after the bus with the woman among its passengers.
Later, after about half an hour, Police succeeded in intercepting the bus and arrested the woman with the bag. The money in the bag was the proceeds from the bus ticket sales and takings from a restaurant business owned by the bus operator, he said.
] The Police will investigate the case under Section 380 of Penal Code. Meanwhile, Zaidi said the crime rate in the district plunged by 65.40 per cent in January this year compared to the same month last year, while the property crime cases fell by 50 per cent.
He said the Police recorded nine crime cases in January this year comprising one murder, one molest, four robberies, one criminal intimidation and two causing hurt cases. There were 26 cases last year. For property crime, Zaidi said 26 cases were recorded.
In the month, the police carried out nine operations with the arrest of 295 illegal immigrants who comprised 135 Indonesians, 152 Filipinos and eight other foreign nationals.