Thursday, July 13, 2006

News to me

these days cars are being equipped with better, more sophisticated security systems. that's all well and good as long as they don't make your carjacker angry...

Malaysia car thieves steal finger

Police in Malaysia are hunting for members of a violent gang who chopped
off a car owner's finger to get round the vehicle's hi-tech security system.
The car, a Mercedes S-class, was protected by a fingerprint recognition
system.


Accountant K Kumaran's ordeal began when he was run down by four men in a small car as he was about to get into his Mercedes in a Kuala Lumpur suburb.
The gang, armed with long machetes, demanded the keys to his car.
It is worth around $75,000 second-hand on the local market, where prices are
high because of import duties.


Stripped naked the attackers forced Mr Kumaran to put his finger on the security panel to start the vehicle, bundled him into the back seat and drove off.
But having stripped the car, the thieves became frustrated when they wanted to restart it. They found they again could not bypass the immobiliser, which needs the owner's fingerprint to disarm it.


They stripped Mr Kumaran naked and left him by the side of the road - but not before cutting off the end of his index finger with a machete.

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