Two nabbed for theft of stringrays worth $40,000

SINGAPORE - Police today arrested two men for the theft of $40,000 worth of exotic stingrays.

The two men, aged 23 and 32, had allegedly broken into an aquarium in Serangoon North by forcing open its sliding window.

The men then made off with the 12 stingrays.

The owner of the aquarium made a police report yesterday at about 11 am when he discovered that the aquarium's sliding windows had been forced open and the stingrays missing.

Following the report, officers managed to establish the identity of one of the suspects after conducting ground enquiries.

At about 1 am today, the officers tracked down the 23-year-old suspect in the vicinity of Harbourfront Walk and placed him under arrest.

Shortly after, the identity and whereabouts of the second suspect was ascertained, and he was swiftly arrested at Rivervale Crescent at about 2.30 am.

The 12 stolen stingrays were found in the residence of the first suspect and recovered.

The two suspects will be charged in Court on August 1, 2011 for housebreaking and theft by night with common intention under Section 457 read with Section 34 of the Penal Code.

If convicted they face a maximum imprisonment term of 14 years.

dassa@sph.com.sg