Police arrest man for allegedly stealing assortment of shoes

Police have arrested a 41-year old man who is believed to be involved in a spate of theft of shoes. In a statement on Friday, the police said they had received several reports from residents in a housing estate at Cantonment Road that their shoes, which were left outside their doors, were stolen.

The stolen shoes comprised mainly of running shoes of assorted brands with values ranging from $80 to $150. Officers from Bukit Merah East Neighbourhood Police Centre issued crime prevention messages to the residents and worked closely with them to look out for suspicious persons loitering at the neighbourhood.

On Aug 23, a resident spotted a man loitering along the corridors of a flat and reported the man to the police immediately. The man fled before the police arrived, leaving behind two bags of shoes believed to be stolen from the neighbourhood.

On Sept 12, officers arrested a man along Sungei Road when they mounted an operation there. During the operation, officers seized ten pairs of shoes of assorted styles and brands believed to be stolen by the man. The suspect is believed to have stolen the shoes from public housing estates at Cantonment Road and Ang Mo Kio. If found guilty, he faces a up to three years in jail and/or a fine.