Man accused of stealing $900,000 in casino chips

Jackson Yeoh, a 23-year-old Malaysian, was charged with stealing a patron's bag from the Marina Bay Sands casino.
Jackson Yeoh, a 23-year-old Malaysian, was charged with stealing a patron's bag from the Marina Bay Sands casino.ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

A 23-year-old Malaysian man was charged yesterday with stealing a patron's bag from the Marina Bay Sands casino.

The bag contained $900,000 worth of casino chips and other items, which took the total value up to about $911,500.

It was taken from a baccarat table in the casino at about 8.40pm on Sept 2 last year.

In addition to the chips, the black Zegna clutch bag that Jackson Yeoh allegedly took had a BMW car key, driving licence, credit cards, a Samsung mobile phone worth $500 and about $10,000 in cash.

Yeoh was remanded for a week at the Central Police Division.

He was arrested with the help of Malaysian police and was handed over to Singapore on Wednesday, Singapore police said.

This followed a warrant of arrest issued by the State Courts in Singapore.

Officers from the Casino Crime Investigation Branch of the Criminal Investigation Department had started investigations after the report of theft in September last year.

Yeoh is expected to appear in court again on Jan 28 and, if custody is no longer needed, could be offered bail.

If convicted of theft, he could be jailed for up to three years and fined.

Seow Bei Yi

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 22, 2016, with the headline 'Man accused of stealing $900,000 in casino chips'. Print Edition | Subscribe