SHAH ALAM: A nationwide search is on for a Porsche Cayenne Turbo S worth RM1.42 million belonging to a member of the Kelantan royal family which was stolen on Monday. The sports utility vehicle was sent to the Puspakom service centre in Jalan Pengetua U1/32 here for inspection as the vehicle had yet to be registered.

A Puspakom inspector and a driver were inspecting the car’s undercarriage at 2.30pm on Monday to verify the chassis number when they heard the engine roaring into life.

“In seconds, the car had sped off, driven by an as yet unidentified suspect.

“It is understood that a customer later told police that the suspect had been spotted loitering near the centre prior to the incident,” the source disclosed.
Authorities have yet to locate the vehicle although it is believed that it is still in the country as all border checkpoints have been alerted.

When the New Straits Times visited the Puspakom service centre at the Hicom Glenmarie Industrial Park yesterday, there was just one unarmed security guard on duty. Customers were allowed to walk in and out of the centre without any hassle.

There were no closed-circuit television cameras installed inside or outside the premises.

According to a Puspakom staff, the centre began operations at the end of September last year and was available only for private vehicle inspection and registration.

The centre is open from Mondays to Fridays between 8am and 5pm and on alternate Saturdays from 8am to 12.30pm.

The average daily vehicle turnover is about 130 vehicles, said an employee there, who added that on average, each inspection took about 30 minutes.

In light of the theft of the Porsche Cayenne, workers there said there were plans to install CCTVs on the premises.

Selangor police chief Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar declined to elaborate as investigations were continuing.

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