Cops surprised robbery suspect at work

Cops surprised robbery suspect at work

SINGAPORE- When four police cars turned up at his Geylang Bahru workshop on Wednesday, the boss of a glass installation company knew something was wrong.

"I don't read the papers because of my long-sightedness, but straight away, I knew it was serious," said the 47-year-old, who gave his name as Mr Ho.

Police showed him a photo of someone he recognised as "Ah Siong", a Malaysian general worker he hired less than a month ago.

He was stunned to find out that the 35-year-old, whose real name is Lee Heong Chye, was wanted for a brazen armed robbery committed on Sunday at a carpark near Geylang Bahru Food Centre, less than five minutes' walk away.

Lee will be charged in court today with armed robbery.

Brandishing a penknife, he had allegedly entered a woman's car and forced her to drive to a nearby multistorey carpark, where he bound her with tape before fleeing on foot with an iPhone 5, $500 in cash, a $2,000 watch and assorted credit and ATM cards.

The offence carries a jail term of up to 10 years and at least 12 strokes of the cane.

Upon confirming that Lee was doing construction work at the Royal Plaza on Scotts hotel, Mr Ho said police took him to the worksite, where 20 police officers swooped in to arrest the unsuspecting worker.

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