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Smartphone app helped Singaporean family catch snatch thief in Malaysia

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A Singaporean family was robbed of RM45,000 (SGD 15,050) worth of belongings in Kuala Lumpur, but they eventually apprehended the thief, all thanks to technology.
According to a Malaysian newspaper, Liu Wai Yaw, aged 51 and his family fell target to a group of snatch thieves in Malaysia on Saturday (Feb 6).
A motorcyclist smashed the passenger side of the car window at a traffic light junction along Jalan Bukit Bintang in Kuala Lumpur, and grabbed a handbag from Liu’s wife before fleeing the scene.
The driver, Liu, tried to give chase but failed. His 19-year-old son then suggested that they try and trace the thief using an app installed in the phone which was in the snatched purse.
The phone was at a flat near Bandar Tun Razak Smart LRT station in Cheras, the app showed.
 
Liu called the police who responded soon after, and with their help, Liu and his son apprehended the snatch-thief. The thief bit Liu’s son who caught him as he tried to run.
The thief had thrown away the passports and credit cards which were in the purse, but later showed the police where he had discarded them. All the money however was still in the purse.
Liu’s wife suffered cuts on her legs and hands from the shattered glass of the passenger side car window.

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