SINGAPORE - At least two mobile phone shops in Sim Lim Square were raided on Thursday afternoon by police officers, according to online reports. The retailers, Mobile Apps and Gadget Terminal, are currently being investigated by police.
The New Paper reported that several plainclothes officers were seen entering a shop on the first floor known as Mobile Apps at about 12.50pm, before the shop shut its doors soon after.
Then, at 2pm, two police officers were spotted bringing a trolley with boxes into the shop.
At around 2.53pm, three men, believed to be owners and staff members, were seen exiting the shop while shielding their faces. All three ran in different directions.
At 3pm, a man in his 50s left the shop. When The Straits Times approached him, he said he is a sub-tenant in charge of cameras, not mobile phones.
The operation was still ongoing as of 3.20pm, reported The Straits Times, after which, police officers were seen raiding another shop on the second floor of the mall.
According to Consumers Association of Singapore (Case), Mobile Apps received nine complaints between July and September. Shin Min Daily News reported that the shop had changed its name to De.mac Gadget.
Gadget Terminal is listed as the top blacklisted shop in Sim Lim Square, according to Case's latest list. In just three months, a total of 14 complaints had been lodged against the shop by tourists.
This is the second time that police have taken action in recent months against a shop in Sim Lim Square, following the raid of errant retailer Jover Chew's shop Mobile Air last month.
Mr Chew, who recently became notorious for unfair trade practices, including coercing mobile phone customers to buy in-house warranties at inflated prices, was last seen clearing out his shop over the weekend.
Consumer watchdog Case had sent a letter to the management of Sim Lim Square last Friday asking for stricter rental agreements to be enforced.