Man arrested for allegedly breaking into house and stealing wallets worth about $1,000

A 52-year-old man has been arrested for his suspected involvement in a case of housebreaking and theft by night.

At about 6.49am on Monday (Sep 2), the police were alerted to a case of housebreaking at a house along Jalan Baiduri. Two wallets worth about S$1000, containing cash amounting to S$220 and RM300 were reported stolen.

Through ground enquiries images from closed-circuit television, officers from Bedok Police Division identified the man and arrested him on the same day. Cash amounting to S$430 were recovered.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the man is suspected to be involved in a series of other theft cases.

The man will be charged in court on Wednesday (Sep 4) with housebreaking and theft by night.

If convicted of housebreaking and theft by night, he will face a jail term between two and 14 years.

If convicted of theft, he will face a jail term of up to three years and/or 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 close-shackled 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 close circuit surveillance camera to cover the access points into your premises. Ensure that they are tested periodically and in good working condition.