5 teens arrested for housebreaking and theft

SINGAPORE - Police have arrested 5 teenagers aged 14 to 19 for their suspected involvement in two separate cases of housebreaking and theft.

On March 8, a shop owner found her Jurong West store was broken into. About $200 in cash was stolen from the cash register.

An 18-year-old male suspect's identity was established via footage captured on the store's CCTV camera. The 18-year-old and a 14-year-old female accomplice were both arrested at Jurong West Central 1.

The man will be charged in court on Wednesday. If convicted, he faces up to 14 years in jail.

In a separate case, four reports of break-ins at Teck Whye, Bukit Batok and Bukit Panjang were reported between February 13 and March 4. In two of the cases, cash was reported stolen from canteen food stalls at two secondary schools in Bukit Batok and Bukit Panjang. In that same period, two provision shops in Teck Whye were also broken into, and an assortment of cigarettes were stolen.

Three suspects for the crimes were detained at about 4am in Teck Whye Lane. Police believe that they had just broken into a school at Bukit Batok. Various items related to the offence and money believed to be stolen were recovered.

The three suspects will be charged in court on March 12 and may face up to 14 years in jail and a fine.

The police wish to advise members of the public to take the following precautions against housebreaking and theft:

a) Ensure that all doors, windows and other openings are properly secured with good quality grills and close-shackled padlocks;

b) Avoid keeping large sums of cash overnight;

c) Install CCTV within the premises; and

d) Install a burglar alarm, to cover the access points into your premises. Ensure that they are tested periodically and in good working condition.