Penang police chief Koh Hong Sun said that the police did not rule out the same suspect being behind both thefts because they had the car keys,
"We are investigating the case thoroughly, including whether it was to be smuggled overseas and how the car could be driven out from the... police district headquarters," Koh said.
Two or three suspects were likely responsible, he said.
In the event has been compared to the remake of Gone in 60 Seconds, in which Nicolas Cage plays a former car thief who has to steal 50 specific cars in one night for a gangland boss in order to save his brother's life.
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