MARANG - His masquerade as a made-up woman wearing a tudung, t-shirt and long pants while he stole RM200,000 (S$65,600) worth of jewellery from a goldsmith shop here did not fool the cops.
Police nabbed the 35-year-old man from his rented house in Kampung Rhu 2, Rusila, at about 11pm on Sunday, 32 hours after the theft.
State CID chief Asst Comm Wan Abdul Aziz Wan Hamzah said that at about 4.30pm on Saturday, passersby saw a heavily made-up "woman" clad in a pink and blue tudung, a pink t-shirt and red long pants walk into the shop.
He said the shop was empty, as the owner had just left to perform her Asar prayers.
Closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage showed the thief reaching through the bars and opening the locked drawer to the displayed gold ornaments.
"In less than a minute, the suspect took jewellery worth about RM200,000 from the drawer," ACP Wan Abdul Aziz told the media at the district headquarters yesterday.
He said that checks of the CCTV footage taken on Dec 30 showed a suspicious-looking man walking into the shop.
"He was observing the drawers and trying to find out if his hands could reach any of the drawers through the bars," he said.
Police tracked down the suspect to his rented house.
"The gold ornaments were found in his house. They were stashed in bags, shoes and other places.
"We also found the pink and blue tudung and the clothes he wore during the theft, hanging in a room.
"The man admitted to the crime and said that he had stopped at a petrol station to change his clothes."
ACP Wan Abdul Aziz said the man tested positive for metamphetamine and morphine and has been remanded for 14 days.
About RM80,000 worth of the jewellery from the theft have been recovered, including from other goldsmiths where he had sold the items.