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Two Chinese nationals jailed for housebreaking and theft at landed properties

Published on Jan 13, 2014 4:55 PM

Two Chinese nationals who travelled to Singapore to commit separate housebreakings and thefts were jailed on Monday.

Liu Qiangde, 32, a hawker who committed 15 cases including one in 2007 involving a total of $66,576, was jailed for 90 months. He pleaded guilty to six charges involving $49,412. Chen Yuncai, 33, was jailed for a total of 66 months after pleading guilty to four charges involving $49,380. The remaining four were taken into consideration.

A district court heard that Liu was arrested during a police ambush at about 3am on Oct 11 last year. Two weeks before that, police had received numerous reports of break-ins at private residential estates.

DNA samples obtained from Liu matched the samples obtained in relation to some of the incidents that occurred in 2007 and 2009. Investigations showed that both Liu and Chen, who knew each other, had travelled to Singapore with the intention to commit housebreaking.

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