Jailed for stealing iPads from Police HQ

SINGAPORE - A former technical support officer with the police was jailed for three months on Monday for stealing iPads from his workplace.

Yap Bao Fa, 27, stole eight iPads worth $6,824 from the Police Headquarters in Irrawaddy Road between August and September last year.

The iPads, which cost $853 each, were to be issued to police officers for their use.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Chloe Lee said Yap had access to a secure cabinet where the iPads were stored.

To obtain the key to the cabinet, he had to scan his staff card and use a password. On Aug 16 last year, he stole two iPads worth $1,706 and sold them to a shop at Far East Plaza for $1,600.

He spent the money on drinks.

Fifteen days later, he stole another iPad and sold it to the same shop for $800. On Sept10, he took another one during the lunch hour and sold it for $820.

The same day, when he knew that his game was up after several iPads were noted to be missing, he went to the toilet and flushed down the $820.

Three of the iPads have since been recovered.

Yap pleaded guilty to three counts and had four remaining charges taken into consideration. The first-time offender could have been jailed for up to seven years and fined on each charge.

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