KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A 37-year-old hardened criminal made the wrong choice when he burgled a closed-circuit television (CCTV) shop and ended up being caught in the act, literally.
The man, who was previously a detainee at the Simpang Renggam Detention Centre, was arrested after his face was captured on the CCTV installed in the shop.
Sentul OCPD Asst Comm R. Munusamy said the man, who has 18 previous records, was arrested on Sunday (Dec 4) over the break-in at Taman Jinjang Baru.
ACP Munusamy said the suspect allegedly broke into the shop at 12.30pm on Sunday.
He added that the owner only found out about the suspect's presence when he checked the live feed of the CCTV installed in his office on his smartphone, as the shop was closed that day.
"The CCTV was able to capture the image of the man and we were able to arrest him at Jinjang Selatan later the same day," he told a press conference at the Sentul district police headquarters.
ACP Munusamy said that after questioning, police were led by the suspect to a container cabin in Jinjang Selatan where they found a Sig Sauer pistol, a magazine, 10 live bullets, a saw and a parang.
He added that further checks by police revealed that the suspect was also involved in an extortion case in June and a car theft case in October this year.
ACP Munusamy said that the man has been remanded for five days.
He added that police were still investigating where the suspect obtained the pistol.