TAPAH - After a series of dramatic events that started with a house break-in here, a burglar was nabbed after a scuffle with two policemen in Slim River, 52km away.
The 29-year-old suspect tried to punch and wrestle his way out of the clutches of the cops but was overpowered.
The two patrolmen caught him after a high-speed 38km chase from Bidor, where the suspect and an accomplice were spotted earlier on Thursday afternoon.
The chain of events started with a robbery at a house in Persiaran Damai here when the houseowner was away at work.
On being informed by neighbours that his home alarm had gone off, the victim rushed back to find the back door of his house open.
Tapah OCPD Supt Somsak Din Keliau said the thieves left fingerprints on the kitchen window and a neighbour told the police that a blue Estima multipurpose vehicle was seen in the area before the incident.
"Upon receiving the information, a police team was deployed to hunt down the criminals and we found the vehicle abandoned along a road near Bidor.
"As the policemen approached the MPV, a Proton Waja, with two men in it, passed them and sped towards the Bidor toll plaza," he said.
In the meantime, the anti-crime team from the Slim River police station was alerted and they spotted the car at around 4.40pm in Taman Krishnan.
"One of the men managed to escape but the other person was caught and struggled with the policemen to break free," added Supt Somsak.
Police later recovered various house break-in tools as well as a laptop and a sum of money believed to have been stolen earlier in the Persiaran Damai break-in.
They also found 11 sets of keys of various car models.
Supt Somsak said the gang of thieves would usually break into homes in the afternoon when the owners were away at work.
He said the Estima and Proton Waja were reported stolen in Wangsa Maju in Kuala Lumpur and Penang.
The police are looking for a man known only as Ah Chun to help in their investigation. Information on him can be given to Asst Supt Nasri Fadzir of the Tapah district police headquarters criminal investigation division at 05-4015 222.