MALACCA: Eight-year-old Noor Abdullah Afiq Abdullah was jolted out from his sleep in his grandfather's car and taken on a ride by a carjacker but luckily, it lasted only 10 minutes.
Prompt police action ensured that the child was recovered safely and returned to his grandfather.
The boy had accompanied grandfather Abu Semah Othman, 62, to an insurance company at Taman Melaka Raya here at about 2.15pm, and was left inside the car with the air-conditioner running.
Abu Semah said he switched on the radio as well, adding that Noor Abdullah was asleep on the back seat at that time.
“I had some transactions to do and parked my car 20m away from the insurance firm.
“I was shocked to see my car gone in less than five minutes,'' the shaken Abu Semah said.
He ran back to the insurance firm to get help from the staff who alerted a traffic policeman along the street.
The policeman radioed for help and all patrol cars were put on alert.
“Just as I arrived at the Melaka Tengah police station, an officer informed me that a patrol car had intercepted my car and my grandson was safe,'' Abu Semah added.
Melaka Tengah OCPD Asst Comm Salehhudin Abdul Rahman said a high-speed chase ensued before police intercepted the car and nabbed a 31-year-old suspect.
“We found a pouch containing gadgets which we believe was used for car-jacking,” he added.
ACP Salehuddin said police detained two more suspects, including a Thai woman in her 20s. - theStarOnline