Serial thief caught red-handed

Hakim Hayat

Police yesterday nabbed a serial undergarment thief after he was caught red-handed trying to steal from a clothesline at the backyard of a house in the Belait District.

According to the Royal Brunei Police Force, a house occupant caught the 27-year-old local man in action at the house in Kampong Pandan 1 and called the police.

The suspect, Mohd Sharin bin Mohd Johari, unemployed, was detained by personnel from the Kuala Belait Police Station and upon investigation, a number of women undergarment and hijab were recovered from the suspect, believed to be stolen from several houses around the area.

The suspect was arraigned in the Bandar Magistrate’s Court yesterday for a charge under Section 379 of the Penal Code Chapter 22 for theft. When the charge was read to the defendant, he pleaded not guilty. The court set the next mention of the case to commence in May.