SINGAPORE - He was first caught shoplifting from a Bishan supermarket and was detained by a security guard and supermarket staff.
But instead of learning his lesson, David Low Fuh Shim, 48, continued on his thieving spree at least three more times, stealing around $3,300 of electronics and groceries in total.
These included two handbags, an Apple iPad and several mobile smartphones.
The serial thief was finally put behind bars for 14 months for a string of theft cases between October last year and February this year.
Low, who is unemployed, pleaded guilty to five counts of shop theft, snatch theft and fraudulent possession yesterday.
Another six charges of theft and one charge of causing hurt to a security guard was taken into consideration.
On Oct 6 last year, Low placed several unpaid items into a plastic bag at a FairPrice at Bishan Street 13. This was spotted by a security guard from another store, who asked Low to follow him back to his office.
But Low bolted from the supermarket, with the guard giving chase. He was caught and detained by the guard and a FairPrice staff.
He was found to have taken around $110 worth of items.
On Jan 30 this year, Low had spotted his next victim while cycling around Bukit Panjang.
At a lift lobby, he suddenly grabbed a mobile phone belonging to his victim, an Indonesian maid, and fled.