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NUSAJAYA, Nov 25, 2015:

Christmas came early and also ended early for a 37-year-old man after he was arrested by police for stealing RM22,575 worth of Lego toy displays at the Legoland Hotel here recently.

In what could be described as a first case of Lego toy theft in Malaysia, the suspect was nabbed by a police team early Monday morning.

Nusajaya deputy police chief Deputy Superitendent Ismail Dollah said police arrested the suspect at 2.15am in his home in Jementah, Segamat, after the Legoland Hotel management lodged a report.

“We acted immediately after the report was lodged and managed to apprehend the suspect, who is a lorry driver, in less than 24 hours,” he said at the Nusajaya district police headquarters in Nusa Bestari here today.

Initial investigations revealed that the suspect had earlier stayed at the Legoland Hotel for a night on Saturday, and started to steal the Lego displays before checking out.

The suspect selected elaborate Lego brick displays on the hotel’s wall before pulling them off and putting them inside a large bag.

It was learnt that the Legoland Malaysia Resorts security team was notified of the suspect’s “act” as his actions were caught via the resort’s close circuit television (CCTV) cameras.

As per the hotel’s management standard operating procedure, they then tried to contact the suspect to facilitate the return of the missing Lego displays.

However, the suspect did not respond within 24 hours and a police report was lodged by the hotel’s management.

Ismail said among the displays recovered by police were the popular Lego Dragon, Lego Monkey and also the Lego Pirate King.

Police also seized the suspect’s car that was said to have been used to ferry the stolen items.

Ismail said the suspect was brought back to the Nusajaya district police headquarters where the suspect also tested positive for amphetamines during a routine urine test.

“However, the suspect did not have any previous criminal records,” he said, adding that the suspect has been remanded for three days starting today to facilitate investigations.

Police have classified the case under Section 380 of the Penal Code for property theft.

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