Suspected cough medicine thief arrested for clinic break-ins

SINGAPORE - Police have arrested a 35-year-old male suspect believed to have broken into 3 clinics along Bedok South Road, Marine Terrace and Bedok North Street 1.

According to a police press release, three cases of break-ins were reported between Aug 23 and 29.

The suspect is believed to have stolen more than 100 bottles of cough mixture together with other medication like panadols, sleeping pills, pain killers and cash amounting to about S$2,254.

After conducting follow-up investigations and ground enquiries, officers from Bedok Police Division established the suspect's identity and arrested him on Aug 29 in the vicinity of Bedok North Road.

A raid was conducted at the suspect's residence and 66 bottles of cough mixture together with other medications were recovered and seized as case exhibits.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the suspect was believed to have gained entry into the clinic through the rear window or the front door, stole the cough mixture before selling it off to various unknown parties.

The suspect will be charged in Court on Aug 30 for the offence of Housebreaking and Theft by Night, which is punishable under Section 457 of the Penal Code.

If convicted, he faces a jail term which may extend to 14 years.