18-year-old investigated by police for making false report of robbery

SINGAPORE - Police are investigating an 18-year-old teen for making a false police report, claiming that he had been robbed in the vicinity of Jurong East.

On August 31, the teen reported to the police that two unknown men had assaulted and robbed him of his mobile phone and EZlink card.

Police officers then conducted extensive followup investigations into the case. In the course of the investigations, the officers detected many discrepancies in the information provided by the teen.

The teen eventually admitted that he had lodged a false report.

Investigations against him are ongoing. If found guilty, he may be sentenced to a prison term of up to one year, fined up to $5000, or both.

The police warned that they will not hesitate to take stern action against anyone found guilty of giving false information to the police. This is as these irresponsible actions utilise police resources which could otherwise be put to better use in crime fighting.