CHINA - Three men from China had more than sightseeing on their minds when they came here, a district court heard yesterday.
Two of the three broke into seven households mostly in the western part of Singapore and got away with property amounting to about $268,000.
Yesterday, Liao Jiali, 30, and Wei Yongjiao, 25, were each jailed for four years after admitting to two counts of housebreaking and theft by night involving $229,400.
A further $39,000 worth of property was mentioned in six other charges against Liao and Wei, which were taken into consideration.
Their accomplice, Wei Yuandong, 25, was sentenced to two years' jail for trying to break into a house at Springwood Height with the pair on Oct 27 last year.
The court heard that the trio were near Lorong Sarhad, off South Buona Vista Road, on Oct 27 when Liao and Wei Yongjiao decided to break into Briton Stephen Li's semi-detached house, which was dark.
Wei Yuandong decided not to join them and walked away.
The two then scaled the front gate, got into the compound, and opened one of the windows and climbed in.