Tuesday September 25, 2012
Passers-by go on looting spree as lorry driver lies injured
By WONG PEK MEI
SHAH ALAM: As the driver of a courier lorry lay injured after his vehicle rammed into another lorry, passers-by coolly carted away goods worth about RM800,000 after an early morning accident in Kuala Kubu Baru.
They made off with laptops, cosmetic items, hair dye, bread, car spare parts and medication in the 2.15am incident on Saturday on the North-South Expressway.
Fortunately for the 46-year-old driver, who suffered injuries to his shoulder and right hand, a Good Samaritan later sent him to Hospital Kuala Kubu Baru where he received outpatient treatment.
The vehicle he was driving had rammed into another lorry that was parked along the emergency lane in Kerling.
Selangor police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Tun Hisan Tun Hamzah said police managed to nab two men, aged 31 and 26, and retrieved items worth about RM20,000.
“We recovered items like laptops and spare parts when we raided their houses the next day,” he told reporters at the Selangor police contingent here yesterday.
One is apparently a workshop owner and the other, his employee.
“Both tested positive for syabu although they do not have any criminal record,” said DCP Tun Hisan.
“The men have been placed under remand until Wednesday,” he said, adding that police had yet to determine how many others carted away the goods.
“Please be good and responsible citizens by returning the items to the police,” DCP Tun Hisan said, adding that the people's actions “reflected a negative attitude among Malaysian society”.
Asked if they would be charged should they return the items, he said although that decision was left to the deputy public prosecutor, they could face charges under Section 411 of the Penal Code for possessing stolen goods.