In less than an hour, he and an alleged accomplice managed to steal 14 tins of milk powder worth $1,049.85 from a supermarket.
Alvin Lim Jun Hong, 28, was given a four-month reporting order (DRO) yesterday after pleading guilty to one count of theft. He also has to perform 200 hours of community service within a year.
Those given DROs have to report to a centre run by the Singapore Prison Service for supervision and counselling.
A second theft charge involving seven tins of milk powder worth $497 was taken into consideration.
Lim and alleged accomplice Poh Jin Yang 26, went to Parkway Parade's Cold Storage supermarket at around 2.40pm on Dec 2, took seven tins of milk powder from the shelves and placed them in a shopping basket belonging to the store.
They took $552.85 worth of milk powder - one tin of Similac Follow-on Intelli-Pro worth $97.15 and six tins of Gain IQ Intelli-Pro, each retailing at $75.95.
After that, the men went to the liquor section of the supermarket, where Lim transferred the loot into a sling bag Poh was carrying. They then left.
According to court documents, Poh sold the seven tins of milk powder for up to $20 each at Sungei Road.
The offence came to light when Mr Kelvin Po Keng Chye, a Cold Storage loss prevention officer, conducted a stock take at around 12.30pm on Dec 3 and realised that several cans of milk powder were missing.
The case involving Poh is still pending and will be mentioned on June 4.
Lim could have been jailed up to three years and fined.
This article was first published on May 22, 2014.
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