On Friday, at about 1.50pm, a 62-year-old woman was waiting for the lift at the void deck of a flat along Bedok Reservoir Road when the suspect came and stood behind her.
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The victim walked into the lift but before the lift door could close, the suspect snatched the victim's purse from her right hand and fled from incident location.
Thanks to two members of the public who heard her screams and gave chase, the suspect was detained.
Here is the statement from the Singapore Police Force:
Two members of public have detained a 49-year-old man for suspected involvement in a case of snatch theft involving a 62-year-old female victim at the void deck of a residential block along Bedok Reservoir Road.
On 18 July 2014 at about 1.50pm, the victim was waiting for the lift at the void deck when the suspect came and stood behind her. The victim subsequently walked into the lift but before the lift door could close, the suspect snatched the victim's purse from her right hand and fled from incident location. The victim shouted for help and her screams caught the attention of Mr Lai Chen Min and Mr Low Ching Hong, who were working in the vicinity. The victim then pointed to the members of public the direction where the suspect fled to. They gave chase and managed to detain the suspect.
Officers from the Bedok Police Division were subsequently alerted and arrived at incident location shortly to place the suspect under arrest. A purse was also seized from the suspect's possession as case exhibit.
The suspect will be charged in Court on 19 July 2014 for the offence of Snatch Theft under Section 356 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224. If convicted, the suspect faces a maximum jail term of 7 years and shall also be liable to caning.