Car thief on the run after hijacking Toyota Hilux at High Street Road

MIRI: Police are on the hunt for a man, who is believed to have robbed a car while its owner was exchanging foreign money at a money changer near High Street Road here yesterday.

Miri police chief ACP Lim Meng Seah confirmed having received a report on the incident, reported to have occurred around 2.30pm on Thursday.

The complainant who is a palm oil entrepreneur from Baram had gone to the money changer to convert Brunei dollars into Malaysian ringgit. While heading back to the four-wheel-drive, the complainant realised that the vehicle was taken away by stranger.

“During the incident, the vehicle’s engine was not turned off and the door was left open, and the complainant’s 81-year-old mother was still inside.

“A few minutes later, the complainant’s mother called the complainant and told the complainant to pick her up from a nearby restaurant,” said Lim in a statement today.

According to the mother, she was taken away and forced to leave the vehicle by an unknown man who had threaten to kill her if she refused to move out from the car. Following that, the complainant’s mother opened the vehicle door and was pushed outside by the suspect.

It is believed that the suspect who was described as skinny with short hair was an Iban man in his 30s.

The incident has resulted to a total loss estimated at RM50,000 with some missing items including a passport belonging to the complainant, two gold necklaces, a gold bracelet, and two gold rings alongside the white Toyota Hilux Single Cab 2.5 Mt bearing plate number QMV4655.