(File pix) A woman who was praying at a mosque lost RM800 to a thief who ran away with her handbag which was placed in front of her. Pix by L. MANIMARAN

BUKIT MERTAJAM: An Information Technology officer in the Prime Minister's Department in Putrajaya lost about RM800 when her handbag was stolen while praying at the An-Nur Mosque, Guar Perahu here last night.

Seberang Perai Tengah District Police chief ACP Nik Ros Azhan Nik Abdul Hamid said the 54-year-old victim was returning from a wedding in Pokok Sena and had stopped at the mosque to pray in 8.30pm incident.

"The woman had placed her red handbag at the front of the prayer mat. Upon completion of her prayers she found the handbag containing cash RM350, cellphone, identity card, bank card and driving licence missing," he said yesterday.

He said the mosque's closed circuit television showed that a man wearing a grey helmet with a visor had rushed in, grabbed the victim's handbag when she was praying before running off.

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