Tawau Public Foil Snatch Theft Attempt; Crime In Lahad Datu Down

ACP Fadil Marsus
ACP Fadil Marsus

TAWAU – Swift action by members of the public here foiled an attempt by a snatch thief to escape with the handbag of a 43-year-old housewife here Wednesday.

Tawau police chief ACP Fadil Marsus said in the 8.25am incident, the suspect, aged 35, tugged the victim’s handbag from behind in front of a clinic at Batu 3, Jalan Apas here.

“The suspect who tried to flee from the scene when the victim shouted for help was chased by members of the public before he was detained,” he said in a statement here.

Fadil said the snatch thief, a drug addict, was now being detained to facilitate investigations under Section 379 of the Penal Code for theft.

He said the victim had singled out the suspect when she was called to the police station for an identification parade.

In LAHAD DATU, police are saying that crime in the district dropped by 38 cases to 337 last year compared to 2015.

District Police chief ACP Hamzah Ahmad said of the 337 cases last year, 185 were solved with the arrest of 232 people.

On crime associated with narcotics, he said the police arrested 630 people involved in 557 cases last year compared to 414 in 343 cases in 2015.

“In 2016, up to 110 people were arrested in connection with the supply of drugs or drug trafficking while 520 were arrested for drug addiction and possession,” he said at the monthly assembly of the district police.

Hamzah said the police would strengthen efforts to further reduce the crime rate by stepping up operations, including community policing.