KOTA BELUD – They wanted a fix. But they had no money to pay for their drugs.
Desperate, they stole a village headman’s calf and sold it for less than half the normal price for an animal of that size.
The problem was the owner of the calf spotted the cattle thieves and was able to give police a fair description of the youths and the getaway car.
Some 45 minutes, police who were already alerted to the incident, spotted the car used in the theft near a restaurant not far from the village, Kg Lebak Engad.
Kota Belud police chief, Superintendent Mohd Zaidi Abdullah, said the owner of the animal was about to sleep when he heard noises outside his house at midnight on Jan 19 and went out to check.
“He went out to check and saw three men forcing the calf into a Proton Wira,” he said.
“Upon seeing the owner, who is also the village chief, the three men immediately ran into the car and sped off, taking the calf with them.”
The owner immediately lodged a police report.
Supt Zaidi said the car used in the theft was later seen near a restaurant not far from the village at about 12.45am.
“Our team stopped the vehicle with four passengers in it and made an inspection,” he said adding they found traces of what they believed were fresh cattle dung and fur on the rear passengers’ seat,” he said.
The four men, aged between 28 and 65, were arrested.
Further investigation found that the men had sold the calf at RM600, much lower than the actual price of RM1,500 for an animal of that size.
“The buyer was later nabbed at about 2.15am,” Supt Zaidi added.
The four thieves were also suspected of being involved in at least six other cases of theft involving outboard engines at Kg Rampaian Laut.
Supt Zaidi added that two of the suspects tested positive for drugs.