28-year-old loanshark runner arrested with the help of CCTV

28-year-old loanshark runner arrested with the help of CCTV

SINGAPORE - Police have arrested a 28-year-old man believed to be responsible for over 20 loanshark harassment cases in Singapore.

On Sep 24, at around 4.49am, officers from Bedok Police Division saw the suspect behaving suspiciously through images on the CCTV.

After arresting the man, officers found a black sling bag containing harassment-related paraphernalia such as markers, slips of papers with suspected debtors' address, papers with writings, 19 pieces of disposable masks and three mobile phones in his possession, which were taken away for further investigations.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the suspect carried out loanshark harassment in several blocks in Bedok, Tampines and Pasir Ris housing estates.

On the night he was arrested, the 28-year-old is believed to have sprawled loanshark graffiti on the walls, secured the unit's metal gates with bicycle lock and left behind debtors' notes.

He will appear in court on Sep 25. If convicted as a first-time offender, he faces a fine up to $50,000, a jail term up to five years, and receive up to six strokes of the cane.

wjeanne@sph.com.sg

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