Lorry hijackers steal microchips

BALIK PULAU - Another case of "hijack on the road" saw thieves escaping with RM800,000 (S$308,000) worth of microchips after driving off with a lorry in the Free Industrial Zone in Bayan Lepas.

Deputy OCPD Deputy Supt Lai Fah Hin said the driver had parked and locked the vehicle, and then went to the office to collect some documents at about 9.30pm on Friday.

"He came out 30 minutes later to find the vehicle gone. The vehicle was then found 1.5km away with 12 of the 22 boxes of microchips missing.

"We have detained the driver and are investigating the case as theft under Section 379 of the Penal Code," he said, adding that police were trying to determine if it could have been an inside job.

It is learnt that the vehicle was later traced through its in-built global positioning system (GPS).

This is not the first case of microchip heist in Penang this year.

In October, thieves made away with RM80,640 worth of microchips from a factory in Bayan Lepas, after which police arrested six security guards.

In October last year, a multi-national company in Prai Industrial Area was robbed of RM22mil worth of microchips.

Most of the microchips eventually found their way to Hong Kong, believed to have been smuggled there using a courier company.