Man arrested for breaking into 20 flats; most of the flats were unlocked

A 19-year-old man, who broke into some 20 flats in May by just opening unlocked doors of many of the units, was arrested by the police on Sunday after a month-long crime spree. The man, also wanted by the Singapore Armed Forces for not enlisting in National Service, was nabbed at Bendemeer Road where he lives.

On Monday, Tanglin Police Division Commander Lu Yeow Lim said at a press conference that the man had broken into some 20 flats in Toa Payoh, Bishan, Whampoa, Bendemeer, Marine Terrace and Tampines late at night while the occupants were sleeping.

To gain access all he had to do was open the doors, since most of them were not locked. In some cases, he had also entered through the windows, after prying open louvres and sliding windows. At the height of his spree, he hit one flat a day, said Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lu.

He was arrested after police got a lead from a closed-circuit television camera and set up an ambush for him. Of the $60,000 worth of money, mobile phones and other items he took, some $15,000 was recovered. The man, now in remand and is expected to be charged on Monday. Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lu advised residents to lock their doors and windows and added that many of these cases could have been prevented.