SEPANG, Malaysia - A "Bonnie and Clyde" couple, which was part of a theft syndicate, attempted to run over a police team in a bid to escape a bust in Kampung Pachitan, Port Dickson.
District OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Yusoff Awang said the lovebirds were among seven suspects wanted for their involvement in the syndicate, which had been active in house break-ins and car thefts in the past few months.
"They were in a Proton Satria when we moved in at about 2pm on Aug 14. We identified ourselves as police officers and told the driver to wind down the window but he refused.
"They sped off and tried to ram us with their car," he told a press conference at the district police headquarters yesterday.
ACP Mohd Yusoff said police were forced to open fire.
"We shot one of the tyres but they continued to drive off before crashing into a drain about 300m away.
"The suspects then ran to the nearest house to hide but the owner immediately alerted the police," he said.
ACP Mohd Yusoff said the police had been monitoring the suspects for some time.
Prior to the couple's arrest, police officers had already picked up two other accomplices in Sungai Nipah.
ACP Mohd Yusoff said following the arrests, three other gang members were detained at a house in Klang last Monday.
"With the arrest of these suspects, who are between 24 and 30 years old, eight cases in Sungai Pelek, Kuala Selangor, Seremban, Port Dickson and Bukit Pelanduk have been solved," he said.
Checks by police revealed that all of the members had previous convictions.
Police also seized five cars and a handphone.