Man arrested for suspected loan shark activities in housing estates across the island

A 27-year-old man was arrested at Changi Airport on Thursday (Aug 18) in connection with a police report of loan shark harassment three weeks prior.
A 27-year-old man was arrested at Changi Airport on Thursday (Aug 18) in connection with a police report of loan shark harassment three weeks prior.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - A 27-year-old man was arrested at Changi Airport on Thursday (Aug 18) in connection with a police report of loan shark harassment three weeks prior.

Paint was splashed on the door of a home in Yuk Tong Avenue in Bukit Timah, and loan shark-related graffiti was scrawled on a wall, police said in a media statement.

Police received a report on Aug 1 and managed to identify the suspect with the help of on-the-ground investigations and police surveillance cameras.

Police believe that the suspect is responsible for similar harassment in housing estates across the island.

He is suspected of being linked to cases in Jurong East, Jurong West, Bukit Batok, Yishun, Bedok, Pasir Ris, and Tampines.

First-time offenders convicted of loan shark harassment face a fine of between $5,000 and $50,000, a mandatory jail term of up to five years, and mandatory caning of up to six strokes.