2 men arrested for loan shark harassment in Bedok, Balestier

Police have arrested two men in separate cases of suspected loan shark harassment in Bedok and Balestier.
Police have arrested two men in separate cases of suspected loan shark harassment in Bedok and Balestier. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Two men have been arrested for their involvement in two separate cases of loan shark harassment in Bedok and Balestier.

The incident in Bedok happened on Sunday (Sept 3), at a flat in Block 608, Bedok Reservoir Road.

The police received a call saying there was an unknown man loitering outside a residential unit there.

With the help of a resident, Bedok Police Division officers detained and later arrested the 41-year-old suspect.

They seized from him two cans of paint, a blue marker, two screwdrivers and two debtors notes.

He is believed to be involved in other loan shark harassment cases, preliminary investigations revealed.

The other case took place in Jalan Tenteram on Aug 17. Police had received a report saying that someone had secured a residential unit there with a bicycle lock.

Tanglin Police Division officers identified the 29-year-old suspect and arrested him along Fajar Road on Monday (Sept 4).

He is also believed to be involved in other loan shark harassment cases.

Both suspects will be charged under the Moneylenders Act (Revised Edition 2010).

If found guilty of acting on behalf of an unlicensed moneylender, committing or attempting to commit any acts of harassment, first-time offenders can be jailed for up to five years, fined between $5,000 and $50,000, and liable to three to six strokes of the cane.