Passer-by calls police over 'suspicious money bag' in Sengkang carpark; it turns out to be a pillow

The bag was in a stairwell at Block 297 Compassvale Street.
The bag was in a stairwell at Block 297 Compassvale Street.PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS

SINGAPORE - A "suspicious-looking bag of money" was spotted at a carpark in Sengkang on Sunday night (May 20), with a well-meaning passer-by calling the police to report the matter.

However, when a police officer visited the multi-storey carpark at Block 297 Compassvale Street at around 10pm, she found that it was a pillow.

The item had been spotted by a passer-by who was there to visit family, Shin Min Daily News reported on Monday.

"I was worried that there was something off about the 'money bag', so someone decided to call the police on the spot, just in case," a reader, who was not identified, told the paper.

When Shin Min arrived at the scene, the bag was still there, next to the staircase.

When residents walked past, some people stopped to take pictures of it.

A police car arrived and a police officer put on gloves to handle the bag, before verifying that it was an abandoned pillow.

The Straits Times understands that the police responded to the matter, and verified that there was nothing out of the ordinary.

The pillow appears to be a $29.90 Money Bags Cushion by local retail label Meykrs.

It is sold out on multi-label lifestyle and design store Naiise, but still in stock on Meykrs' site.

The 40cm by 24cm cushion is made with "soft plush with polyester balls".

The description for the item reads: "Always wanted a bag full of money? We've got the next best thing."