A Penang man was arrested after he travelled over 10km by bus, across a district border, just to break into a cash deposit machine (CDM) using a metal rod, at a bank in Balik Pulau.

According to New Straits Times (NST), the 39-year-old unemployed bachelor was caught in the act by policemen who rushed to the scene after receiving an alert from the bank management about 10pm last night.

"Initial investigations revealed that one of the two CDM machines at the bank was damaged at its money input slot and barrier door as a result of the man's actions," the daily quoted Southwest district police chief Superintendent Kamarul Rizal Jenal saying.

Kamarul added that the man's plan, however, was foiled before he could get hold of the cash.

Checks revealed that the suspect, who has four previous drug-related records, had boarded a bus from George Town to Balik Pulau.

He told the police that he resorted to such actions due to the stress he was in from the "difficulties he was facing."

The case is being investigated under Sections 380/511 of the Penal Code and Section 427 of the same code.

Source: NST
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