Police arrest teen who offered Growtopia game accessories for cash and fled without delivering

The 16-year-old met up with the victims in person, but fled after they had paid him for the virtual accessories.
The 16-year-old met up with the victims in person, but fled after they had paid him for the virtual accessories.PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM GROWTOPIAGAME.COM

SINGAPORE - A 16-year-old boy who took cash from victims but fled before delivering the game accessories for a virtual game has been arrested.

The boy is believed to be involved in a series of cheating cases, the police said in a statement on Monday (Feb 12).

They had received two reports on Saturday from victims who said they had been cheated by a young man who sold them virtual game accessories in exchange for cash. ST understands that he made off with more than $100.

The teenager met up with the victims in person. After they paid him, he distracted them and fled.

The accessories were for a game called Growtopia, a multiplayer game available on mobile and PC where the user creates worlds in the fashion of Minecraft.

Officers from Tanglin Police Division conducted extensive investigations before arresting the suspect on Monday.

He will be charged in court for the offence of cheating.

If found guilty, he can be jailed for up to 10 years and fined.