Police red-faced as Porsche stolen-twice

KUALA LUMPUR Wed Jul 18, 2007 12:57pm EDT

An employee wipes a Porsche 911 Carrera S which is on display at the 76th Geneva motor show in Geneva, Switzerland, February 28, 2006. Malaysian police were left red-faced after a man who abandoned the theft of a $280,000 Porsche for lack of fuel attempted the crime a second time and drove the sportscar out of a police station, local media said. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich

An employee wipes a Porsche 911 Carrera S which is on display at the 76th Geneva motor show in Geneva, Switzerland, February 28, 2006. Malaysian police were left red-faced after a man who abandoned the theft of a $280,000 Porsche for lack of fuel attempted the crime a second time and drove the sportscar out of a police station, local media said.

Credit: Reuters/Ruben Sprich

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KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian police were left red-faced after a man who abandoned the theft of a $280,000 Porsche for lack of fuel attempted the crime a second time and drove the sportscar out of a police station, local media said.

The suspect had first attempted the theft on Monday at a luxury car showroom in northern Penang state, local papers said. Dressed smartly in a suit and tie, he asked for the car keys and promptly sped off, smashing through the glass windows.

The car was later found abandoned a short distance away, its fuel tank empty.

The New Straits Times said the man kept the keys and returned with a canister of petrol to a local police station where the car had been towed. He drove off with the Porsche, ditching it later after he discovered roadblocks had been set up to stop him.

Police were hunting for the suspect, the paper said.

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