2 days, 2 armed robberies

Suspect nabbed after motorist tails him from petrol station

The Shell petrol station in Upper Bukit Timah Road where the robbery took place on Monday. A 48-year-old rider has been arrested for allegedly robbing an employee at knifepoint.
The Shell petrol station in Upper Bukit Timah Road where the robbery took place on Monday. ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

When a 63-year-old man stopped along Upper Bukit Timah Road to refuel his lorry on Monday afternoon, he noticed another man leaving the petrol station on a black motorcycle with a masked licence plate.

Sensing that something was amiss, he tailed the rider to the Hillview area, stopping only when he thought the other man may have noticed him.

He then reported what he saw to the authorities.

The rider turned out to be a suspect in an armed robbery that took place at the Shell petrol station.

The police were alerted to the incident at around 12.50pm that day.

Within four hours, the 48-year-old rider was arrested for allegedly robbing a petrol station employee at knifepoint - in what the police called a "brazen act".

Senior Assistant Commissioner Gerald Lim, commander of the Clementi Police Division, said: "The perpetrator came in, pointed a knife and threatened the staff at the petrol station. He managed to get away with more than $1,100 in cash."

 

The suspect was said to have ordered the 22-year-old employee to place cash from the register into a plastic bag.

When asked, a Shell spokesman said the employee will be commended for managing the situation well under pressure and ensuring the safety of her co-workers and customers.

The police said the suspect worked at a cleaning company.

Police officers worked with eyewitnesses and the petrol station's staff in reviewing closed-circuit television camera footage to eventually identify the motorcycle used.


The scooter that was used in the robbery. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

"We subsequently found out where (the suspect's) haunts were, established ambush points, and managed to pick him up around Jurong East Street 21 on the same day, at about 4.50pm," added SAC Lim.

This was near the suspect's home.

Bank receipts, $499 in cash, and a motorcycle belonging to a member of the suspect's family were seized as evidence.

But the knife he allegedly used has not been recovered, as the suspect said he dropped it, according to the police.


The recovered items that were stolen or used during the robbery. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

This was the first time in 10 years that a cashier at a petrol kiosk had been robbed, said SAC Lim.

If found guilty, the suspect faces a jail term of up to 10 years, and 12 strokes of the cane.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 02, 2017, with the headline 'Suspect nabbed after motorist tails him from petrol station'. Print Edition | Subscribe