Police nab local man linked to daring daylight theft

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THE Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) yesterday arrested a 27-year-old local man linked to the daylight theft of a shop in the capital where over $16,000 worth of gold jewellery was taken.

In a statement, the RBPF said detectives from the Brunei-Muara police district arrested the suspect at the Kg Mengkubau housing area.

The police in the statement said a CCTV recording and snapshot of the theft went viral yesterday on social media.

In the minute-long video clip, a man was seen arriving at the jewelry shop and conversing with shop staff while inspecting gold jewellery on display and subsequently running off with it.

A snapshot of the suspect, who was wearing a blue round-collar shirt and a cap, later went viral with an accompanying text which listed the stolen items as one bangle and three bracelets.

The police investigator said the incident occurred around 10.30am yesterday and the shop owner immediately lodged a police report though the 993 police hotline.

With the aid of the police’s CCTV surveillance within the capital, the police managed to trace and arrest the suspect around 4pm at his house.

“The suspect is currently in custody at the Bandar Seri Begawan Police Station for further investigation (while) all of the items reported stolen have been recovered and seized as evidence.

He is facing charges punishable under Section 380 and 420 of the Penal Code, Chapter 22.

The Brunei Times