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17 Investigated For Theft, Dishonest Misappropriation And Assisting In The Disposal Of Budget 2020 Grocery Vouchers

The Police have arrested eight men and six women, aged between 16 and 67, for their suspected involvement in separate cases of theft of Budget 2020 Grocery Vouchers from HDB letterboxes at different locations island-wide. A 28-year-old woman was arrested for her suspected involvement in a case of assisting in the disposal of stolen Budget 2020 Grocery Vouchers linked to one of the theft cases. The Police are also investigating another 26-year-old woman and 70-year-old man for their suspected involvement in separate cases of dishonestly misappropriating Budget 2020 Grocery Vouchers.

The details of the arrests are as follows:

 
  1. Officers from the Central Police Division arrested a 17-year-old man and two women, aged 16 and 18, on 15 October 2020 for alleged theft of Budget 2020 Grocery Vouchers at several residential blocks along Maude Road and Kitchener Road. The trio will be charged in court on 17 October 2020 with theft with common intention under Section 379 read with Section 34 of the Penal Code.

  2. Officers from the Clementi Police Division arrested two men, aged 54 and 61, on 15 October 2020 for alleged theft of Budget 2020 Grocery Vouchers at a residential block along Lengkok Bahru. Investigations are ongoing.

  3. Officers from the Tanglin Police Division arrested a 24-year-old man on 15 October 2020 for alleged theft of Budget 2020 Grocery Vouchers at a residential block along Lower Delta Road. In a separate and unrelated case, a 46-year-old man and a 43-year-old woman were arrested for alleged theft of Budget 2020 Grocery Vouchers at a residential block along Lorong 1 Toa Payoh. Investigations are ongoing.

  4. Officers from the Ang Mo Kio Police Division arrested a 53-year-old woman on 15 October 2020 for alleged theft of Budget 2020 Grocery Vouchers at a residential block along Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1. A 28-year-old woman, daughter of the 53-year-old woman, was also arrested in relation to the case for allegedly using the Budget 2020 Grocery Vouchers after knowing that they had been stolen. Investigations are ongoing.

  5. Officers from the Bedok Police Division arrested a 43-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman on 15 October 2020 for alleged theft of Budget 2020 Grocery Vouchers at a residential block along Aljunied Crescent. Investigations are ongoing.

  6. Officers from the Jurong Police Division arrested a 43-year-old man on 15 October 2020 for alleged theft of Budget 2020 Grocery Vouchers at a residential block along Jalan Kayu. In a separate and unrelated case, a 34-year-old woman was arrested for alleged theft of Budget 2020 Grocery Vouchers at a residential block along Kim Tian Place. In two other separate cases, a 70-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman are being investigated for dishonestly misappropriating Budget 2020 Grocery Vouchers at residential blocks along Choa Chu Kang Avenue 7 and Choa Chu Kang Street 51 respectively. Investigations are ongoing.

  7. Officers from the Woodlands Police Division arrested a 67-year-old man on 16 October 2020 for alleged theft of Budget 2020 Grocery Vouchers at a residential block along Marsiling Road. Investigations are ongoing.

Over the past six days, Police have investigated or arrested more than 24 persons linked to these thefts.

Preliminary police investigations revealed that these cases are unrelated and opportunistic in nature. The offence of theft under Section 379 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224, carries an imprisonment term which may extend to three years, a fine, or both. The offence of assisting in the disposal of stolen property under Section 414 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224, carries an imprisonment term which may extend to five years, a fine, or both. The offence of dishonest misappropriation of property under Section 403 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224, carries an imprisonment term which may extend to two years, a fine, or both.

The Police have also received reports of similar incidents in other residential areas and are investigating these cases with a view to apprehend the perpetrators and bring them to justice. If you spot any suspicious person loitering near the letterboxes, please call the Police immediately.

Members of the public who are eligible for the Budget 2020 Grocery Vouchers are advised to adopt the following measures:

  1. Collect your Budget 2020 grocery vouchers from your letter box as soon as possible.

  2. Ensure that your letterbox is secured at all times.

If you suspect that your vouchers have been stolen, please make a police report immediately and contact the Grocery Voucher hotline at 1800-2222-888 to request for your vouchers to be voided and replaced. Voided vouchers cannot be redeemed.

 

Seized improvised tools used in the commission of theft

 
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Seized grocery vouchers

 
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Suspects escorted by police officers at crime scene, to identify letterboxes from which the vouchers were allegedly stolen

 
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PUBLIC AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT
SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE
17 October 2020 @ 12:15 AM
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