Five suspected thieves beat up optical shop manager

PHOTO: The Straits Times

KUALA LUMPUR - A sales manager of an optical shop was beaten up by five men after he confronted them about a pair of sunglasses that was missing from a display section.

His wife, who wanted to be known only as Mrs Lim, said a group of men entered the store in Berjaya Times Square on Friday night. She was nearby then, waiting for her 34-year-old husband to complete his shift.

"The men entered the store and left after walking about for a while.

"My husband and his colleague then noticed that a pair of sunglasses was missing," said the housewife.

She said her husband's colleague started screaming "pencuri (thief)" as he chased after the group.

A 27-year-old payroll officer, who gave her name only as Carmen, said was shopping nearby when she heard one of the men shouting vulgarity at the sales manager.

"He shoved him to the ground and the group started assaulting him. They were kicking him like a football for about a minute."

Berjaya Times Square management, in a statement, said: "Initial results of our investigation show that a group of youths had taken an item from the store. When the store manager confronted them, they assaulted the man and made a quick getaway when the security guards approached."