Man allegedly steals cash and handbag, then uses key to break into victim's flat to steal again

The items stolen by the 32-year-old man on March 24, 2017, included cash, jewellery, a watch and a handphone.
The items stolen by the 32-year-old man on March 24, 2017, included cash, jewellery, a watch and a handphone.PHOTO: SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE

SINGAPORE - A 32-year-old man has been arrested for his suspected involvement in a case of housebreaking and theft, police said on Friday (March 24).

Police received a report on the same day at about 10.50am informing them of a break-in at a unit located along Stirling Road.

Cash, jewellery, a watch and a handphone were stolen.

With the aid of police camera footage, officers from Clementi Division were able to establish the identity of the suspect.

The suspect was arrested at about 4pm along Sengkang Square. All items stolen were recovered.

Police investigations revealed that the suspect had patronised the victim's food stall located along Jalan Bukit Merah and had stolen $300 and her handbag which had been left inside the stall.

The suspect is believed to have then used a key he found in the handbag to enter the victim's Stirling Road unit.

If convicted of housebreaking and theft by night, the suspect faces a jail term of up to 14 years.