Published: Monday February 18, 2013 MYT 12:07:00 PM
Updated: Monday February 18, 2013 MYT 3:19:53 PM
Key suspect in luxury car theft cases gunned down
By EDMUND NGO
IPOH: A key suspect in a gang of luxury car thieves was shot dead by police in Sitiawan, following a car chase.
Perak deputy police chief SAC Datuk A. Paramasivam said at about 4am on Sunday, policemen patrolling Sitiawan spotted a Black Naza Citra with the number plate WKH 9262 being driven in a suspicious manner.
"A check revealed that the number plate was false and registered to a Proton Waja instead.
"Police then followed the car, trying to stop it but the driver sped off and crashed near a bend.
"The driver then got out and fired a shot at the policemen, hitting the driver's window of a patrol car," he said in a press conference here Monday.
Paramasivam said police returned fire and shot dead the driver, who was later identified as Farid Abdul Hamid, 25, from Ayer Tawar.
"Investigations revealed that Farid was wanted by the police for fatally shooting a mechanic in Taman Sejati, Sitiawan on Nov 10 last year.
"He was believed connected with eight various robbery cases, mostly involving luxury cars around Sitiawan and Ayer Tawar from Feb 3, 2011 to June 28 last year," he said.
Paramasivam added that Farid had previous criminal records for drug possession, drug abuse and robbery in 2006, 2009 and 2011 respectively.
"The car he was driving was also reported missing since May 7 last year," he said.