Police nab alleged loan shark runner in 10 minutes with help from cameras

SINGAPORE - Police arrested a man suspected of being involved in loan shark activities within 10 minutes of being informed.

The police were alerted to a paint-splashed front door and loan shark graffiti at Jurong East St 24 at about 2.50am on Tuesday.

With the help of footage from police cameras in the area, they arrested a 21-year-old man by about 3am, police said in a statement.

The man is believed to have assisted loan shark syndicates to carry out a series of loan shark harassment activities in several locations including Jurong West, Choa Chu Kang and Woodlands.

A mobile phone, a sling bag, a marker, six pieces of paper with details, six cans of paint and six plastic bags were found on him when he was arrested.

If convicted of loan shark harassment, he faces a fine of between $5,000 and $50,000, a mandatory jail term of up to 5 years, and mandatory caning of up to 6 strokes.

Police plan to install these cameras at all 10,000 Housing Board blocks and multi-storey carparks by 2016.

jalmsab@sph.com.sg