KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Police are on the hunt for two men following the theft of a diplomat's car.
"An official of the Turkish Embassy had driven a white Toyota Camry to a petrol station along Jalan Ampang to buy a drink," said Wangsa Maju acting OCPD Deputy Supt A. Asmadi Abdul Aziz.
"He was paying for the beverage when the cashier screamed that his car was being stolen," he said.
"The 37-year-old official ran out of the mart but failed to stop the theft," he said of the incident that took place at about 10pm on Deepavali day.
Based on CCTV footage from the petrol station, police were looking for two suspects, he added.
DSP Asmadi urged car owners to always lock their vehicles.
Those with information on the case should contact Insp Shahrizal Salleh at 03-9289 2222 or 017-7134705.
In another development, 12 stolen cars worth RM1.3million (S$506,000) were seized following the arrest of 12 people in several locations in Selangor.
Sentul OCPD Asst Comm R. Munusamy said the suspects, including six buyers, were hauled up between Oct 14 and yesterday.
"The syndicate members would advertise the vehicles on WhatsApp. They would tell the buyers that it was below market price because the previous owners failed to pay their banks the monthly instalments," he told reporters at the district police headquarters yesterday.
ACP Munusamy said the prices of the cars were set between RM40,000 and RM60,000.
"Investigations found that the suspects had also told the buyers that the cars were brought in from Singapore," he said.
"The vehicles included Toyota Alphard, Estima, Caldina and Fortuner." The gang, which went by the name Gang Sekinchan, was active for two years.
ACP Munusamy said the buyers only realised they had been conned when they tried to renew the road tax.