Two women arrested for suspected involvement in separate cases of loanshark harassment

SINGAPORE - Two women were arrested in two separate cases for suspected involvement in loansharking activities, the police said on Thursday (June 21).

Both women were arrested on Wednesday.

The first woman, a 31-year-old, was arrested following a police report on June 16 that a residential unit in Lorong 5 Toa Payoh was locked with a bicycle chain.

Through ground inquiries, officers from the Tanglin Police Division identified the woman and arrested her along North Bridge Road.

Preliminary investigations by the police revealed that the woman is believed to be involved in other loanshark harassment cases islandwide.

In a separate case, a 25-year-old woman was arrested following a police report on June 19 that the gate of a residential unit in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8 was locked with a bicycle lock, with a debtor note left behind.

Through ground inquiries and by using images from police cameras, officers from Ang Mo Kio Police Division established the identity of the woman and arrested her along New Bridge Road.

Preliminary investigations revealed that she is believed to be involved in another loanshark harassment case in Jurong.

Both women will be charged in court on Friday. If found guilty of loanshark harassment, first-time offenders can be jailed for up to five years and fined between $5,000 and $50,000.