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     FrontPage Edition: Thu 2 November 2006

Police bust foreign housebreaking syndicate


Foreign Syndicate Busted For Housebreaking

Five foreign nationals, believed to be responsible for a series of housebreaking committed in private apartments, were arrested by the Police on the afternoon of 31 Oct 2006 in Kampong Java Road.
Recently, Police noted that there were several reported housebreaking cases committed in the vicinity of Newton Road. Most of these cases occurred in the afternoon when the tenants were out at work.
A task force, comprising officers from Tanglin Police Division was set up to identify and apprehend the culprits.
A breakthrough in the investigation occurred on 31 Oct 06. Officers spotted a woman and 2 men behaving suspiciously and walking into an apartment in Surrey Road. About half an hour later, they emerged with a haversack and left hurriedly in a taxi. Sensing something amiss, officers trailed the trio while another group of officers went to check on the units in the apartment for signs of forced entry.

Upon confirmation that a unit at the apartments had been broken into, officers stopped the trio along Kampong Java Road and conducted a search.

An assortment of jewelries, valuables and currencies amounting to approximately $40,000/- were recovered. Follow-up investigations led to the arrest of the other 2 syndicate members.
The trio will be charged in Court on 2 Nov 2006 for an offence of Housebreaking and Theft by Day with Common Intention under Section 454 read with Section 34 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224. This offence carries an imprisonment for a term of not less than 18 months and not more than 10 years. The other 2 subjects are assisting Police in the investigations.
Superintendent of Police Paul Lim, Commander of Tanglin Police Division, would like to commend his officers for their hard work, dedication and good observation skills that led to the crippling of the housebreaking syndicate.
Police will not hesitate to take stern action against any person who is criminally inclined. Commander Lim would also like to take this opportunity to advise the public to remain vigilant and alert in the coming school holidays and festive season and not to lose their valuables to crime.
01 November 2006 @ 3.00pm

Source: Media Release 1 Nov 2006

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