A VIDEO depicting a snatch theft which took place in front of a popular shopping center in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur has gone viral on social media since Monday.
The closed-circuit television (CCTV) recording shows the thief stopping his motorbike near the entrance. In order to avoid attracting attention, he pretends to look through his bag whilst surveying for potential victims.
At around 1:47 in the video, the snatch thief makes his move as a woman exits the mall. He grabs her bag and drags the woman along for several feet as she clings to her bag.
The shopping center’s security guards and members of the public can be seen attempting to pursue the suspect, but he makes a quick escape.
A police spokesman said yesterday that the incident had happened on Jan 11 at around 6.05pm.
“The victim was a 37-year-old Japanese housewife who had been waiting for the valet to bring her car around when the theft occurred. She had sustained minor injuries to her left arm and leg after being dragged along the ground.
“Her handbag had contained ATM and credit cards and about RM200 in cash,” he said.
The spokesman added that the CCTV recording was sent to the forensic unit for further analysis, as the motorcycle’s licence plate number could not be seen clearly from the footage.
At the time of writing, no arrests had been made.