Man jailed for theft of gym equipment

A technician who stole $32,700 worth of treadmills, cross-trainers and bicycles from the gym-equipment supplier he worked for was jailed for 10 months yesterday.

Suhaime Jamin, 48, is the third employee of AIBI International to be imprisoned over the thefts.

He had admitted to four of 11 charges of stealing equipment from the company at Yishun Industrial Park A with his nephew in September and October last year.

His nephew, former technician Muhammad Sairilpaezel Mohd Pungot, 28, has been jailed 12 months while driver Iskandar Kamsan, 29, was given two weeks' jail for their roles in the crime.

Investigations showed that Ermin Woon, 32, a former AIBI staff member, asked Sairil in June last year if he had "anything" for him - referring to AIBI machines.

Subsequently, Sairil would look out for new AIBI machines in the warehouse to sell to Woon.

He would take each piece of equipment out from the fourth floor of the warehouse and hide it behind a shutter on the first floor.

Both he and Suhaime would load it into a company lorry, drive to Old Choa Chu Kang Road and sell it to Woon, whose case is pending.

When Suhaimi left the company in October, Sairil got Iskandar to join him in the operation.

Investigations showed that Woon would pay $100 to $340 for each piece of equipment delivered to him.

AIBI's marketing director made a police report on Oct 27 last year, stating that a number of pieces of gym equipment had been stolen from the company. Police recovered 11 items worth $17,703.

Suhaimi could have been jailed for up to seven years and fined on each charge of theft as a servant.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 06, 2016, with the headline 'Man jailed for theft of gym equipment'. Print Edition | Subscribe