Man, 29, arrested for breaking into a house to commit theft

The 29-year-old man reportedly stretched his hand through an open window of a flat at Cassia Crescent to rummage through a bag on June 3.
The 29-year-old man reportedly stretched his hand through an open window of a flat at Cassia Crescent to rummage through a bag on June 3.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The police have arrested a 29-year-old man suspected of breaking into a house at Block 56, Cassia Crescent, to steal things.

On Saturday (June 3) at 9.05am, the police received a report that a man had stretched his hand through the open window of a flat to rummage through a bag inside.

After conducting ground enquiries, officers from Bedok Police Division identified the suspect with the help of police cameras. 

The man was arrested at 12.17 am on Sunday at Geylang Lorong 20.

He will be charged with house-breaking to commit theft, which carries an imprisonment term of up to three years, and also be liable to fine.

If the offence he intended to commit was theft, he faces up to 10 years in jail.

The police advise property owners to adopt the following precautions against break-ins: 

- Secure all doors, roller shutters, windows and other openings with good quality grilles and close-shackled padlocks before retiring to bed or when leaving your shop or home unattended, even for a short while;

- Avoid keeping large sums of cash in commercial premises;

- Install a burglar alarm andclosed-circuit television which cover access points into the property. Ensure that they are tested periodically and in good working condition.