Last night, 24 October, a man stole a Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) patrol vehicle and took it for an interstate joyride with his girlfriend
He was able to drive the police patrol car for about 370km, after hijacking it from the Seberang Perai Utara district police headquarters in Kepala Betas, Penang, at about 9.40pm Saturday.
The vehicle was spotted in Section 9, Shah Alam, Selangor, at around 2am Sunday morning, 25 October.
Police have since managed to apprehend the suspect, aged 32, and a woman in her 20s who is believed to be his girlfriend. Both of them were inside the vehicle when they were caught.
The male suspect was able to steal the vehicle after he and his younger brother fooled cops into believing that they were policemen
The suspect along with his 28-year-old brother managed to get the best of police officers at Kepala Batas headquarters by claiming that they were from the information technology resources unit.
One of them then entered the patrol car on the pretext of inspecting its dashcam.
There was a police sergeant who was supervising the PDRM vehicle on duty at the time of the incident, according to an anonymous source quoted in a report by New Straits Times.
"The elder brother then proceeded to take the key to the vehicle from the rack before leaving a laptop behind. The incident happened very fast, with the suspect speeding off with the vehicle from the compound," the source said, adding that the sergeant was unable to do or suspecting anything.
It was only after about half an hour that the sergeant realised something was wrong. An operation to track down the vehicle was initiated when police could not establish a connection through the walkie-talkie.
The suspect wanted to "impress his girlfriend"
The suspect, who was previously arrested on 15 October for stealing electric cable, reportedly wanted to impress his girlfriend and so he decided to steal the police patrol car as an act of bravado.
"Police found the suspect had fetched his girlfriend from Tasek Gelugor and tried to rob a sundry shop there before driving off to Shah Alam. It is learnt that the suspect stole the car to impress his girlfriend," the report said.
The suspect's younger brother has also been arrested
It was reported that the siblings have numerous previous criminal record and are drug addicts.
Seberang Perai Utara district police chief ACP Noorzainy Mohd Noor, who confirmed the incident, said police are probing the matter under Section 379A and Section 170 of the Penal Code.
Section 379A is for theft of motor vehicle while Section 170 for impersonating a policeman.
In an incident that happened over the week, two men on a motorcycle allegedly snatched an elderly woman's gold chain in Kluang, Johor: