Water meter thief caught on camera

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THEFT SUSPECTS: A CCTV recording shows the couple suspected behind the water meter theft.

KUCHING: A water meter thief is causing no end of headaches for residents at Taman May Ling, along Jalan Sungai Maong Tengah, with two incidents occurring this past week alone.

The crime, which has been captured on closed-circuit television (CCTV), seems to be the work of a couple on a motorcycle, with the man getting off his bike to remove the meters while the woman keeps guard in case they are spotted.

Based on the (CCTV) recording provided by a resident, the man appears to be quite adept at removing water meters- taking less than 30 seconds- as he moves from one house to another.

The resident, who declined to be named, said the first incident occurred last Sunday and affected four houses, including his.

The latest incident, he added, occurred around 1.30am on Friday and affected his house yet again along with four others.

“I was taking a shower at the time when the water suddenly stopped. I went outside to check and saw my water meter had been stolen again,” he said.

Although it was too dark for the second incident to be captured on his CCTV, he strongly believed the same couple was responsible and called for the police to beef up patrol in the area to nab the culprits.

“It took 48 hours for the Kuching Water Board to replace my meter the first time. This will really cause us a lot of inconvenience if the thefts continue to occur.”

When asked as to how the thief was able to remove each water meter so quickly, the resident opined that the plastic connecting pipes definitely made the thief’s work ‘easier’.

“It the pipes were made of galvanised steel like the ones used in the old days, it would take some time to cut away the meter. The plastic ones we have today only make it easier for them to remove.”