Man who broke into Toa Payoh store and stole $1,600 worth of loot including cigarettes arrested

A 35-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday (Nov 12) for allegedly breaking into a convenience store at Toa Payoh Central and making away with more than $1,600 worth of cash and items.

The police said they were alerted at around 7.50am on Nov 11 to the break-in.

"Cash, cash cards, SIM cards and an assortment of cigarettes with a total value amounting to more than $1,600 were stolen," said the police in a statement.

Through ground enquiries and with the aid of CCTV footages, officers from Tanglin Police Division established the suspect's identity and arrested him.

The man will be charged in court on Thursday (Nov 14) with housebreaking and theft by night.

The offence carries a jail term between two and 14 years, and a fine.

In their statement, the police also advised the public 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 commercial premises; and

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

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