Police arrest 55-year-old man for stealing two copies of newspapers

The police have arrested a man suspected of stealing two copies of newspapers from a shopping mall in Commonwealth Avenue West with the help of three members of the public on Friday.

The 55-year-old suspect had entered a store in the mall at about 7.30am and attempted to leave with the newspapers without paying, said a police statement on Friday afternoon. He was confronted by a member of public who witnessed the incident and the suspect was subsequently detained with help from another two members of public. The suspect was later arrested.

Commander of Clementi Police Division, Deputy Assistant Commissioner of Police (DAC) Melvin Yong, commended the three members of public for their public-spiritedness, and said it showed the importance of police-community partnership in fighting crime.

If found guilty of theft in dwelling, the suspect faces up to seven years' imprisonment and a fine.


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