SINGAPORE - Two days after a brazen daylight heist in a residential area, the first of three men allegedly involved in the crime was charged with robbery on Friday (Aug 16).
Appearing in court via video-link from the Central Police Division, 27-year-old M. Jegatheesh is accused of being part of the trio that made off with $100,000 worth of items from Hock Cheong Jade and Jewellery shop at Block 574, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10 on Wednesday.
His two alleged accomplices, who are 31 and 36 years old, will be charged in court on Saturday. They are Veeramani Subran Das and Sharavindran Suppiah.
Police were alerted to the crime at around 4pm on Wednesday and within 36 hours, had the men in custody.
One of them is said to have jumped over the counter in the shop before removing items such as bangles and bracelets from a display case.
The items have since been recovered.
Jegatheesh was out on bail of $15,000, after being convicted for dealing with the benefits of criminal conduct, when he allegedly committed robbery on Wednesday.
He was due to be sentenced on Aug 22 for the criminal conduct offence, but also faces a slew of other charges as a result of crimes committed earlier. One involves contraband cigarettes and related unpaid Goods and Services Tax and excise duty.
He has also been charged with trying to bring into Singapore two live sugar gliders – a nocturnal animal – from Malaysia without a licence from the Director General of the Agri-Food and Veterinary Services.
Separately, he has also been accused of stealing more than $650 worth of items from Mustafa Centre in March last year.
Jegatheesh is now remanded at the Central Police Division and he will be back in court over the robbery charge on Aug 23.
Offenders convicted of robbery can be jailed for up to 10 years with at least six strokes of the cane.