Man arrested after breaking into multiple houses to steal wine

A 46-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday (Aug 4) after he allegedly broke into multiple houses and stole several bottles of wine.

The police had received separate reports between June 14 and July 28 about houses along Chancery Hill Road, Berrima Road, Whitley Road and Tan Sim Boh Road being broken into.

"Several bottles of wine were alleged to have been stolen from the houses," said the police in a statement on Aug 5.

Through ground enquiries and follow-up investigations, officers from Tanglin Police Division established the man's identity of the man and arrested him.

He will be charged in court on Aug 6 with housebreaking and theft, which carries a jail term of up to 10 years and a fine.

In their statement, the police also advised all property owners to adopt the following crime prevention measures:

  • Secure all doors, roller shutters, windows and other openings with good quality grilles and close-shackled padlocks before leaving your premises unattended, even for a short while;

  • Refrain from keeping large sums of cash and valuables in your premises; and

  • Install a burglar alarm, motion sensor lights and/or close circuit surveillance cameras to cover the access points into your premises. Ensure that they are tested periodically and are in good working condition.

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