Man and woman nabbed for loanshark harassment after Woodlands flat is splashed with coffee

A 26-year-old man and 24-year-old woman were arrested on Nov 27 for loanshark harassment involving a residential unit in Woodlands Ring Road.

The police said they were alerted to the case on Nov 12, where coffee had been splashed onto the wall beside the flat. A debtor’s note had also been left at the unit’s main gate.

Through ground enquiries and with the aid of images from police cameras, officers from Woodlands Police Division established the couple's identity and arrested them.

A debtor’s note was seized as case exhibit.

The man will be charged in court on Nov 29 under the Moneylenders Act 2008, while the woman is assisting with investigations.

First-time offenders found guilty of loanshark harassment face a fine between $5,000 and $50,000, with up to five years in jail and up to six strokes of the cane.

The police said they have zero tolerance against loanshark harassment activities, adding: "Those who deliberately vandalise properties, cause annoyance or disrupt public safety, peace and security will be dealt with severely in accordance with the law."

Members of the public are advised to stay away from loansharks and not to work with or assist them in any way.

Those who suspect or know of anyone who could be involved in loansharking activities can call the police at '999' or the X-Ah Long hotline at 1800-924-5664.