Number of break-ins up 50% last year
By Lian Cheong | Posted: 13 March 2013 1816 hrs
Various currencies, jewellery, seven mobile phones and an assortment of other items were found in the possession of suspected housebreakers. (Photo: SPF)
SINGAPORE: The number of house break-ins last year increased some 50 per cent to 100 cases, compared to the previous year.
Recently, a break-in in Jurong saw the largest amount stolen since last year.
Three Colombian men on social visit passes have been arrested in connection with the crime.
Closed-circuit television footage showed a suspect climbing over a wall. After checking that no one was around, he signalled to one of his accomplices to enter the premises.
Another accomplice remained outside to keep a look-out.
They then broke open a safe and some drawers, stealing jewellery and various types of currencies amounting to over S$300,000.
Police investigations revealed that the whole process took about 20 minutes.
The police received a report on Tuesday morning of a break-in at a terrace house in Yunnan Crescent.
The premises were used as an office for a business involved in the import and export of pet food.
By 3pm the same day, the trio - aged 26 and 28 - were arrested at a chalet at the East Coast.
Various currencies, including over S$284,000 and US$25,000, jewellery, seven mobile phones and an assortment of other items were found in their possession.
The three men are also believed to have broken into a private house at Westwood estate.
Channel NewsAsia understands that the men are professional criminals who have committed similar crimes in various countries.
They are expected to be charged in court on 14 March. If convicted, they face a maximum jail sentence of 14 years.