Man arrested for suspected loanshark harassment in Hougang, eggs thrown and paint splashed

The police have arrested a 31-year-old man for his suspected involvement in two cases of loanshark harassment.

Between July 26 and 27, the police were alerted to the two cases.

In the first case, eggs were thrown at the door of a residential unit along Hougang Avenue 5.

In the second case, paint was splashed on the door of a residential unit along Hougang Avenue 9. 

Through follow-up investigations and images from police cameras, officers from Ang Mo Kio Police Division identified the man and arrested him on Tuesday (July 30).

Preliminary investigations revealed that the man is believed to be involved in other similar cases reported island-wide. 

The man will be charged in court on Thursday (August 1) under the Moneylenders Act (Revised Edition 2010).

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

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

The public can call the police at ‘999’ or the X-Ah Long hotline at 1800-924-5664 if they suspect or know of anyone who could be involved in loansharking activities.