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Snatch Thief Arrested

by December 28, 2016 Industry

The Police have arrested a 45-year-old man for his suspected involvement in a case of snatch theft at Blk 30 Marsiling Drive.

On 24 December 2016 at about 9 pm, it was reported that an unknown man had snatched the handphone of an 11-year-old boy and fled. Upon receipt of the report, officers from Jurong Division conducted extensive follow-up investigations and enquiries. With the aid of images from Police cameras (POLCAM), the identity of the suspect was established and he was subsequently arrested on 27 December 2016.

The suspect will be charged in Court on 29 December 2016 with an offence of Snatch Theft under Section 356 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224 which is punishable with imprisonment for a term of not less than one year and not more than 7 years and shall also be liable to caning.

The Police would like to remind members of public to adopt the following measures to avoid falling prey to snatch theft:

� Avoid walking through dimly lit, quiet and secluded places;

� Always be alert and attentive to your surroundings. If you suspect that you are being followed, remain calm and proceed to a crowded area or call the Police for assistance;

� Avoid wearing excessive jewellery or carrying large sums of cash;

� Carry your sling bag in front of you, or clasp it firmly under your arm;

� When returning home alone or late at night, arrange for a family member or trusted friend to escort you home;

� Carry a shrill alarm to sound for help;

� When entering the lift alone, stay close to the lift button panel. Press “Door Open” and step out immediately when a stranger rushes in as the lift door is closing;

� If you are confronted by a thief, stay calm and take note of his or her appearance, attire, height, or any other distinctive physical features if possible. Call the Police as soon as possible so that our officers can reach the location quickly to assist you.