KOTA KINABALU - Two suspected thieves gave up trying to flee in a stolen vehicle after a five-minute chase here.
The two men, suspected of breaking into a woman's house at Taman Luyang not far from the state capital earlier on, were first spotted by a police patrol vehicle after police were alerted on the break-in.
A team of police on patrol saw the duo, in their 20s, inside a stolen Perodua Viva and had gone over to investigate when a chase broke out.
Kota Kinabalu city police chief Assist Comm M. Chandra said the duo were arrested less than 10 minutes later at Sembulan, when they had nowhere else to go, about 1.6km from where they were first spotted at about 5.15am on Friday.
"We have reasons to believe that these two men were also involved in at least five other break-ins around the Luyang area between November and January, with losses close to RM50,000 (S$19,033)," he said during a press conference here.
ACP Chandra said prior to the arrest, they received a call from a woman who said her house had been broken into and her Perodua Viva was missing from her home.
"Alerts were immediately sent out," he said, adding that the suspects had entered the compound around 4am, opened one of the house windows and stolen the victim's handbag that was left in the living room with a long stick.
"It is also believed that the victim had left the car keys inside the handbag, prompting the suspects to flee the scene with the vehicle," he said, adding that the woman only realised the break-in about an hour later.
ACP Chandra said police recovered all the stolen items valued close to RM20,000.
The suspects have been remanded and the case is being investigated under Section 457 and 379A of the Penal Code for house-breaking and vehicle theft respectively.