Two men had to abandon their Proton Wira car that had been modified for cattle rustling after it broke down in Malaysia on Sunday.
The car with the back seat removed was loaded with four cows, rustled from a cattle farm in Sungai Lembu, Bukit Mertajam, with the animals in the boot/back seat compartment.
Kulim deputy police chief Chin Soo Song said the farm's owner had lodged a police report on the missing cattle at the Lunas police station at 5am.
"They (the thieves) had taken the Butterworth-Kulim Expressway in making their escape but after the Lunas Toll Plaza, they came across members of the public who were helping the owner to find the animals.
They then drove away but their car broke down a short distance away, forcing them to abandon the vehicle and booty," he said.
He added that members of the public joined by a team from the Pertubuhan Perihatin Kemsyarakatan Daerah Kulim (PPKM) later found the animals at around 7am near Kampung Siam, about 15 kilometres from where they were stolen.