The police have arrested two men for their suspected involvement in a snatch theft that occurred at a pharmacy in Gombak, Selangor on Saturday night, 21 November
Closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage of the incident, showing two men wearing face masks staging the theft at the pharmacy on Jalan Gombak, was widely circulated on social media.
One suspect, wearing a yellow shirt and black pants, waited outside, while the other - clad fully in black - walked up to the cashier and yanked at a customer's jewellery on her neck as she was about to pay.
The video showed that the suspect ran away after successfully pulling off the necklace and slapping the woman in the head when she tried to fight back.
According to Bernama, the suspects fled in a red Perodua Myvi that had a fake vehicle licence plate to throw off the police.
It was also reported that the victim lost two gold necklaces worth a total of RM10,000.
With help of the CCTV footage and information from the public, the police managed to trace the suspects to a hotel on Jalan Pudu, Kuala Lumpur and made an arrest at 2am this morning, 24 November
According to a statement, Wangsa Maju district police chief Supt Rajab Ahad Ismail said the suspects, aged 31 and 40, both have previous criminal records for numerous other petty crimes and drug-related offences.
The police have also identified and confiscated the clothes that were worn by the suspects in the videos.
However, they have yet to recover the stolen jewellery that had reportedly been sold to a third party.
During initial interrogations, both suspects confessed to the snatch theft and several other crimes around Setapak and Sentul
The suspects will be remanded to aid in further investigations.
The police also requested members of the public with more information on the case to contact senior investigating officer ASP Shahrizal Saleh at +6017-7134705, investigating officer Insp Aisyah Mohd Nor at +6013-9338214, the Kuala Lumpur police hotline at +603-21159999, or head to any nearby police station.