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WOMAN ARRESTED FOR SHOP THEFT, MOSTLY MILK POWDER

The Police have arrested a 49-year-old woman for her suspected involvement in a series of shop theft cases in supermarket.

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On 28 May 2024 at about 11.30am, the Police were alerted to a case of shop theft at a supermarket along Kim Keat Avenue. The store manager of the supermarket had noticed a woman behaving suspiciously in the store. Upon viewing of the CCTV footage, the woman was seen taking items and putting them in a trolley and several bags before leaving the store premise without paying. The woman was later detained by the store manager.

Upon Police’s arrival, a search was done, and the woman was found to be in possession of more than 50 unpaid items including household and food items such as milk formulas. The items had an estimated value of $1,000. Preliminary investigations also revealed that the woman is allegedly involved in several shop theft cases at the same location. 

The woman will be charged in court on 30 May 2024 with the offence of theft in dwelling under Section 380 of the Penal Code 1871. The offence of theft in dwelling carries an imprisonment term of up to seven years and a fine. 

The Police would like to remind retailers to adopt the following precautionary measures:

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  1. Ensure a good line of sight for displays by using an appropriate shop layout;
  2. Display advisory posters or signages against shop theft;
  3. Display expensive merchandise in locked showcases or at prominent locations (e.g. near cashier counters);
  4. Install CCTVs with recording system at the entrance and 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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