Father turns son in for stealing his $32,660 smartphone

KUALA LUMPUR - A father set the police on his own teenage son, after the boy stole his smartphone that apparently had a RM100,000 (S$32,660) piece of software in it.

Even the police were taken aback by the demands of the father, who showed no emotion as officers remanded the 14-year-old boy.

Instead, Wangsa Maju OCPD Supt Mohd Roy Suhaimi Sarif (pic) said the 46-year-old telecommunications officers wanted police to "arrest, charge" and "send him to Henry Gurney".

The father had claimed to police that his Samsung Note 4 had a special piece of software in it that was worth RM100,000 and noticed it had gone missing from his home in Kelompok Mawar at about 11pm on December 13.

"I don't know what kind of software it is. He just said it was worth a lot of money. He also lost about RM200.

"At first he thought it might have been a break-in but after seeing that there were no signs of forced entry in the house, his suspicions immediately went to his son," Supt Mohd Roy said.

The father lodged a police report against the boy, who as it turns out, had swiped the phone from the man's bedroom and had sold it off for RM400.

Police arrested the boy the day after in Wangsa Walk. The teen confessed to selling the phone to so that he could have funds to have "fun with friends".

"We arrested a 20-year-old and a 27-year-old who bought the phone from the boy and then returned it to the father. We asked if he wanted to drop the charges since it was his son but the father said 'no'. He wanted us to proceed with the charging," he said.

The boy is now being held in a lock-up cell at the Wangsa Maju police station, waiting to face a judge tomorrow. He is being investigated under Section 380 of the Penal Code for theft.

When asked if the father had visited his son in the lock-up, Supt Mohd Roy just shook his head.