KOTA BARU - A 30-year-old man ended in hospital with body injuries after he was beaten by a group of residents at Selising, Pasir Puteh for trying to steal several bunches of banana at an orchard.
A resident in the village had spotted the suspect going into the orchard and alerted other villagers, said Pasir Puteh OCPD Deputy Superintendant of police Mohd Kama Zainal.
About 20 villagers confronted the man when them saw him pushing his motorcycle. "When police arrived, the suspect had suffered bruises and broke one of his ribs," he told reporters in Pasir Puteh on Monday.
DSP Mohd Kama added that the suspect later confessed that he was trying to steal the bananas but was caught by the villagers.