34-year-old man arrested for breaking into Ang Mo Kio pet shop, stealing birds

SINGAPORE - A 34-year-old man has been arrested for breaking into a pet shop in Ang Mo Kio and stealing a few birds.

The police received a report at about 8.40am on Monday (Jan 29) saying that a pet shop at Block 408, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10, had been broken into.

A few birds, along with bird cages, were missing after the alleged break-in.

Officers from Ang Mo Kio Police Division conducted extensive investigations and identified a suspect.

They arrested him on the same day at 11.45pm.

He will be charged in court with the offence of housebreaking and theft by night. If found guilty, he can be jailed between two and 14 years, and fined.

The police advised property owners to secure all doors, roller shutters, windows and other openings with good quality grilles and close-shackled padlocks when leaving shops unattended, even for a short while.

Property owners should also refrain from keeping large sums of cash in the premises. They are also advised to install burglar alarms, motion sensor lights or close-circuit surveillance cameras that cover access points into their premises.

These devices should be tested periodically to ensure they are in good working condition.

In December last year, two birds were reportedly stolen from flats in Bedok North.

In May last year, a 32-year-old man was arrested for breaking into a shop in Sungei Tengah Road and stealing four birds worth about $2,000.

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