Caught on camera: Snatch theft outside a busy shopping mall

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KUALA LUMPUR - A video clip of a snatch theft in broad daylight outside a busy shopping mall in Bangsar here on Monday is going viral on social media.

The two minute-long clip, captured on the mall's CCTV camera, showed the thief arriving on a motorcycle at the entrance as a few luxury cars stopped to drop off and fetch passengers.

The man sat on his machine parked next to a luxury car, and to not attract any attention, pretended to look into his sling bag.

Seconds later, a woman walked out of the mall.

The thief casually rode up to her, snatched her bag from her hand and sped off, dragging the woman on the ground for several metres.

The security guards and members of the public were seen chasing the motorcycle, which quickly "disappeared" into the busy traffic.

Brickfield OCPD Asst Comm Sharul Othman Mansor said the case occurred at around 6.50pm on Monday.

"The victim was a 37-year-old Japanese housewife.

"She was waiting for the valet to drive her Perodua MyVi over when the man on a motorcycle snatched her handbag, which contained ATM and credit cards, and about RM200 cash," he said adding that the CCTV footage was acquired but the motorcycle licence plate number could not be seen clearly.

He said the victim suffered scratches to her left arm and thigh.

"The CCTV footage will be sent to Bukit Aman Forensic Unit for further analysis," he said urging anyone with information on the case to contact the police hotline at 03-2115 9999 or visit the nearest police station.