KUALA LUMPUR - He was a "bad Boy".
A 28-year-old taxi driver known only as Boy has been nabbed for robbing at least 21 passengers.
Brickfields OCPD Asst Comm Muhammad Azlee Abdullah said a task force was formed to track him down.
Based on continuous surveillance, the task force trailed his Proton Saga taxi to a flat in Taman Kuchai Jaya, Jalan Kuchai Lama here at 6.15pm on Monday.
"The task force members introduced themselves to Boy and apprehended him on the spot," he said, adding that Boy would be remanded until Nov 25.
ACP Muhammad Azlee said Boy would trick his passengers and seize the chance to steal their belongings.
"In some instances, he would ask passengers to help him purchase a top-up card from convenience stores.
"Some passengers who had warmed up to him would leave their stuff in the car. He would then speed off with their belongings," he added.
ACP Muhammad Azlee said Boy would also rob his customers by driving them to isolated areas and threatening them with a knife so that they would surrender their belongings.
Due to his big build, Boy appeared intimidating to his victims, who were mostly females.
The married man was also believed to be involved in a case of outraging modesty in Putrajaya last year.
Police have seized RM50,000 (S$19,360) worth of items from his taxi.
ACP Muhammad Azlee advised lone taxi passengers to take precautions and to be alert of their surroundings.
"They should note down the plate number of a taxi before entering it. Take a mental note of the surrounding and characteristics of the taxi and the driver," he said.