Man arrested after breaking into 2 homes in Geylang in 1 day to steal, 12 phones recovered

A 34-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday (Sept 20) for his suspected involvement in two cases of housebreaking and theft.

The police said they were alerted to a break-in at one residence along Sims Avenue on Sept 15 at about 7.10am. Cash amounting to $1,150 and three handphones were purportedly stolen. 

Later at about 5.10pm, the police also received a report that another residence along Lorong 17 Geylang was broken into. One laptop and a camera with a total value amounting to $1,800 were purportedly stolen from the second residence.

Through ground enquiries and with the aid of images from police cameras and CCTVs, officers from Bedok Police Division established the identity of the man and arrested him five days later.

A total of 12 handphones, one laptop and one camera were recovered from the man, who is believed to be involved in other property-related offences.

He was to be charged in court on Sept 22 with housebreaking and theft, which carries an imprisonment term of up to 10 years and a fine.

The police would like to advise all property owners to adopt the following crime prevention measures:

  • Secure all doors, windows and other openings with good quality grilles and padlocks when leaving your premises unattended, even for a short while.
  • Refrain from keeping large sums of cash in any premises.
  • Install a burglar alarm, motion sensor light and/or CCTVs to cover the access points into your premises. Ensure that they are tested periodically and are in good working condition.