Manjung District Police Headquarters in Perak, Malaysia. Photo: Google Maps

A 28-year-old Indonesian man was jailed for two years by a court in Malaysia on August 1 after being convicted of smashing a car window and stealing valuables from the vehicle.

The man and an accomplice who was not caught committed the robbery at a farmer’s market in Perak on July 25.

The court heard that at 7:45am on July 25, the man and his accomplice rode their bicycles to the market and broke the window of a vehicle parked near the morning market in Sitiawan in Manjung district, Perak. They then fled with a handbag, the China Press reported.

However, a local volunteer group formed to maintain law and order in the Manjung community saw the robbery and chased the two men.

One of the men, identified as an Indonesian, was caught and stopped by the volunteers in Lumut, two kilometers from the market. He was handed over to police and arrested, Sin Chew Daily (Malaysia) reported.

He was convicted of theft under Section 379 of the Malaysian Penal Code and committing mischief and causing damage under Section 427 of the Penal Code and jailed for 10 months and 14 months, a total of 24 months.

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