She stole her aunt’s ATM card to withdraw the money.
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It will be a bleak Hari Raya for a young woman, all because of an iPhone 14 pro.
She was arrested in Pandan Perdana, Kuala Lumpur, on suspicion of stealing RM8,200 from her step-aunt using an ATM card.
The suspect is believed to have used the money to buy the gadget.
Dang Wangi Police Chief ACP Noor Dellhan Yahaya was quoted by Harian Metro as saying that his men received a report of the incident from a woman on 25 March.
The transaction (withdrawal of money) started on 23 March in stages. The suspect, a local woman, was arrested at a premise in Pandan Perdana at 12.23am today (14 April).ACP Noor Dellhan Yahaya elaborating on the theft and subsequent arrest of the suspect.
He said the police also found the victim’s ATM card and seized a smartphone believed to have been bought with stolen money.
The case is being investigated under Section 4(1) of the Computer Crime Act 1997.
Under the act, a person shall be guilty of an offence if he/she communicates directly or indirectly a number, code, password or other means of access to a computer to any person other than a person to whom he is duly authorized to communicate.
Hospitality And Betrayal
Earlier, the step-aunt complained that the ATM card in her wallet was missing, and RM8,200 had been withdrawn from her bank account on 25 March.
She didn’t know why at first and then found out that the suspect had come to stay at her home a few days earlier.
Taking to social media, the step-aunt shared how she was left with RM500, causing her to be unable to pay all monthly commitments, including house rent.
She then called the police after failing to contact the suspect.
Before being arrested, the suspect was allegedly spotted with the iPhone on a viral social media posting.
The incident reminds netizens of a similar case not too long ago.
A couple stole a retired soldier’s ATM card and went shopping.
The couple used the ATM card 23 times and spent RM46,000, including on iPhone.
Moga laki bini ni perembat masuk penjara seumur hidup. Rosak anak ja makan duit haram dgn mak pak tadak hati perut. “pak hg ka yg curi kad atm pakcik tu pastu kelapaq beli iphone”. #sampahmasyarakat https://t.co/aOTnwh4rhD— 嬿 🌙 (@yayanridzuan) March 28, 2023
What to do if a family member loots from you?
Confront the person and tell him/her you know he/she stole from you and you want the items back, or he/she needs to replace them for you.
If the person refuses, talk to the parents or legal guardians and ask them for help retrieving your belongings.
If all else fails, contact the police.