BALIK PULAU - A 33-year-old thief fell into a drain while trying to escape with two alternators from a workshop at Bayan Baru and ended up being badly beaten by a crowd.
The suspect and his accomplice were spotted leaving with the stolen goods by the workshop owner, who had woken up at about 5.30am to check on the noise at his premises.
The owner then gave chase and managed to apprehend one of them who fell into the drain in the ensuing struggle. His accomplice managed to escape.
The commotion subsequently attracted a group of men who beat up the man before handing him over to the police.
Balik Pulau OCPD Supt Mohd Hatta Mohd Zain said police received a call on the incident at about 5.50am.
The suspect has been admitted to the Penang Hospital with fractured limbs, but is said to be in a stable condition.
In another case, a curry noodle seller claimed he was attacked by two people who were jealous of his business at the Cecil Street market.
The 50-year-old victim, identified only as Lee, said the attackers also smashed his stall and bowls during the 9.15am incident yesterday.
"I was punched on the left cheek by one of them while the other tried to hit me with a chair, but I managed to ward off the attack.
"Then they smashed my stall and bowls.
"I have lodged a police report," said Lee, who has been operating his stall at the site for nearly 20 years.