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     FrontPage Edition: Sun 6 January 2008

 Serial 'Fishing Rod' housebreaker arrested


Serial “Fishing Rod” Housebreaker Arrested

Police arrested a 19-year-old Malaysian Chinese man for a series of break-ins at Ang Mo Kio Neighbourhood 6. In between December 2007 to January 2008, at least 12 cases of housebreaking were reported in this area, with items and cash valued at about $6000 stolen.
The culprit would typically target units with windows left unsecured, or with louvres that are easily forced open. Striking in the early hours of the morning, he would improvise using a bamboo pole, metal rod or umbrella to “fish” out items such as wallets, handbags or mobile phones left near the windows. In some cases where the door keys were left within reach, the culprit would “fish” out the keys, open the main door and walk away with valuables.
Officers from Ang Mo Kio Police Division worked on the cases diligently and laid an ambush for the suspect at various areas of Ang Mo Kio Neighbourhood 6.
The breakthrough came on 6 Jan 2007, when officers spotted a man behaving suspiciously at Blk 643 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4 at 1.30am, standing on a stool and peering into a unit. Close observation was kept on him, who was moving from floor to floor. Officers moved in and arrested him as he was trying to force open the windows of a unit on the fourth floor. Two stools, a metal pole and a mobile phone were seized as exhibits. Police also recovered two other mobile phones and an EZ-link card believed to be stolen property from his residence.
The man, who was employed as a waiter in Singapore, will be charged in court on 7 January 2008 for Housebreaking and Theft by Night. If convicted, he faces a jail term which may extend to 7 years.
Superintendent Lee Chin Ek, Commander of Ang Mo Kio Police Division commended his officers for their perseverance and diligence that resulted in the arrest. He also advised the public, “To avoid being targeted by opportunistic criminals, the public should install good quality window grilles, secure their windows before going to bed and not leave valuables next to the windows along the common corridor.”
06 January 2008 @11.00am

Source: Media Release 6 Jan 2008

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