Man being investigated for making false report of robbery after losing items during night out drinking

SINGAPORE - The police are investigating a 23-year-old man for making a false report that he was robbed, when he had, in fact, lost his belongings after a night out drinking.

In a statement on Sunday (June 3), police said that the man claimed in a report on Saturday at about 9.50pm that he had been assaulted and robbed.

However, during the course of investigations, officers from the Jurong Police Division found several inconsistencies in the man's account.

Officers eventually established that he had provided false information, and investigations against him are ongoing.

The Straits Times understands that the man was out for drinks that night, when he lost his belongings, including his mobile phone.

As he did not want his parents to know that he had been drinking, he told them that his items were missing as he had been robbed.

He later made a police report, accompanied by his father, to keep up with his fake story.

In their statement, the police said that resources could have been put to better use in dealing with real crimes and emergencies instead of investigating false information.

"Those who lodge false police reports or provide false information will face serious consequences under the law," police added.

Anyone convicted of giving false information to a public servant may be jailed up to a year, fined up to $5000 or both.