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63 Y.O STEALS MORE THAN 100 PIECES OF BRANDED CLOTHING FROM HARBOUR & BAYFRONT

The Police have arrested a 63-year-old woman for her suspected involvement in a series of shop theft cases along Harbourfront Walk and Bayfront Avenue.

On 5 May 2024 at about 9pm, the Police were alerted by a store manager that a woman was behaving suspiciously in a retail outlet along Harbourfront Walk. The woman was detained by the store manager and allegedly had several unpaid apparels in her possession.

Officers from Clementi Police Division arrested the woman and more than 100 branded apparels that were believed to be stolen were recovered from her place of accommodation. The total value of the items that were allegedly stolen by her was more than $5,500. Preliminary investigations revealed that the woman is believed to be involved in several shop theft cases at multiple retail outlets along Harbourfront Walk and Bayfront Avenue.

The woman will be charged in court on 7 May 2024 with the offence of theft in dwelling under Section 380 of the Penal Code 1871. The offence carries an imprisonment term of up to seven years and a fine.

The Police take a serious view of shop theft cases and offenders will be dealt with firmly in accordance with the law.

The Police would also like to remind retailers to remain vigilant against shop thieves. Retailers are advised to adopt the following measures:

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  1. Ensure a good line of sight for the displays by using an appropriate shop layout;
  2. Display advisory posters or signage against shop theft;
  3. Display expensive merchandise in locked showcases or at prominent locations (eg. near cashier counters);
  4. Install CCTVs with recording system at the entrance/exit of the store to capture the facial features of shoppers; and
  5. Deploy adequate security personnel to patrol the premises in luminous vests for increased visual deterrence effect.
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