Microchips theft 'likely an inside job'

Microchips theft 'likely an inside job'

GEORGE TOWN - Police have not ruled out the possibility that the RM800,000 (S$308,000) microchip theft at the Free Industrial Zone in Bayan Lepas could be an inside job.

Penang deputy police chief Deputy Comm Datuk A. Thai­­vee­gan said they were investigating the possibility of the involvement of former employees.

He said the lorry driver, who is in his 40s, had been remanded for four days for investigation.

"We believe there had been more than one thief. However, we have not made any further arrests so far," he said yesterday.

The thieves, he said, could have fled Penang and police were working with their counterparts from other states, including Perak and Kedah, to track them down.

A lorry with 22 boxes of microchips worth some RM1.5 million was stolen when the driver went into the office to collect some documents at about 9.30pm on Friday.

The lorry was later found some 1.5km away with 12 of the 22 boxes of microchips missing.

Several such thefts have also been reported in the state previously.

In October, thieves carted away about RM80,000 worth of microchips from a factory in Bayan Lepas. Six security guards were arrested.

In October last year, a multinational company in Prai Industrial Area was robbed of RM22 million worth of microchips.

It is learnt that most of the microchips were eventually smuggled to Hong Kong.

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