Suspect in vehicle theft cases apprehended

Suspect in vehicle theft cases apprehended

SINGAPORE - Police have arrested a 32-year-old man who is believed to have stolen cash cards and other valuables from vehicles at Rumah Tinggi and Jalan Bukit Merah.

The suspect had allegedly committed four cases of theft at carparks in Jalan Rumah Tinggi and Jalan Bukit Merah from November to December this year.

Cash cards and other valuables with a total value of about $800 were reported stolen.

He was arrested at Jalan Rumah Tinggi on Wednesday. A handphone was found in his possession.

The suspect will be charged in court on Friday. If convicted for theft, he faces up to three years in jail, a fine, or both.

Commander of Clementi Police Division, Deputy Assistant Commissioner of Police (DAC) Melvin Yong said in a statement that members of public should safeguard their vehicles against theft by adopting the following crime prevention measures:

• Park in well-lit areas;

• Install an anti-theft system;

• Remove cash cards and other valuables for example laptops before leaving your vehicle, even if it is for a short while;

• Ensure that your vehicle has been secured properly. Wind up all windows and lock all doors of your vehicle; and

• Keep a lookout for suspicious characters in the vicinity before leaving. If you spot anyone tampering with other vehicles, take note of their appearance, attire, height, or any other distinctive physical features and call '999' for assistance.

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