SINGAPORE - A man walked into a jewellery shop at People's Park Complex, tried on a $28,100 gold bracelet, and brazenly left without making payment.
But Goh Thiam Leng, 43, compounded his offence by brandishing a knife in an attempt to ward off eyewitnesses who gave chase.
He even separately extorted money from a former co-worker.
In the same week, he also stole a $15,800 stainless steel, gold Rolex Daytona Sports watch from a pawnshop.
After he was arrested, he attempted suicide in prison using a piece of cloth torn from his clothes.
On Monday, Goh was sentenced in a district court to five years' corrective training and 10 strokes of the cane on four charges - theft, criminal intimidation, possession of an offensive weapon, and extortion. Three other charges were taken into consideration.
On March 25, Goh visited Golden Watch Gold & Jewellery at about 4.30pm, where he made off with the gold bracelet.
The act was witnessed by security officer Cheong Kiang Chye, who gave chase and shouted "robbery", alerting several members of the public.