2 women caught for suspected loan-shark activities

Two women were arrested on Wednesday in separate cases of suspected involvement in loan-sharking activities, said the police yesterday.

The first woman was arrested last Saturday after a police report was filed about a residential unit in Toa Payoh Lorong 5 being locked with a bicycle chain.

Officers with the Tanglin Police Division identified the 31-year-old woman and arrested her in North Bridge Road.

Preliminary investigations showed that she may be involved in other cases of loan-shark harassment .

In another case, a 25-year-old woman was arrested on Tuesday after a police report said that a home in Ang Mo Kio Ave 8 had had its gate secured with a bicycle lock, with a debtor's note left behind.

Through enquiries on the ground and using images from police cameras, officers from the Ang Mo Kio Police Division identified the woman and arrested her in New Bridge Road.

Preliminary investigations revealed that she is believed to be involved in another case of loan-shark harassment in Jurong.

Both women will be charged in court today.

If found guilty of loan-shark harassment, first-time offenders can be jailed for up to five years and fined between $5,000 and $50,000.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 22, 2018, with the headline '2 women caught for suspected loan-shark activities'. Print Edition | Subscribe