Suspect who tried to steal Johor Sultan's Ferrari remanded

JOHOR BARU (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Police have remanded a man who trespassed into Istana Bukit Serene and attempted to steal a Ferrari belonging to Johor ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar.

Johor police chief Comm Datuk Mohd Khalil Kader Mohd said the suspect had been remanded for four days until Monday (March 5) to allow investigation.

He said initial checks revealed that the suspect tested positive for methamphetamine and had previous criminal records for theft and drug offence.

"Police are still questioning the suspect and the investigation papers will be submitted soon (to the Attorney-General's Chamber) for further action," he said at a press conference after launching a policing programme at a mosque in Kampung Melayu Majidee on Sunday.

It was reported that the suspect, a 31-year-old man from Gelang Patah, drove to the palace in the 12.30pm last Thursday.

The suspect had entered the main entrance of the palace at Jalan Straits View that was guarded by Johor Military Force personnel before heading to the garage.

It was learnt that one of the palace staff had noticed the suspect alighting from his car and getting into the blue Ferrari before he was stopped.

In a bid to escape, the suspect then drove off in his car and exited the palace through the same gate.

The suspect was arrested a few hours later following a police report that was lodged.