Police investigating underwear theft in Bukit Batok

This is not the first time the home owner lodged a police report over underwear theft.
This is not the first time the home owner lodged a police report over underwear theft.PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM FACEBOOK/LI JIANBIN

SINGAPORE - The police are investigating a case where a man allegedly stole female underwear that was drying on laundry racks along the corridor of a Housing Board block in Bukit Batok.

They told The Straits Times on Saturday (Feb 24) that they were alerted to a case of dishonest misappropriation of property at Block 106, Bukit Batok Central, at 5.58pm on Thursday.

ST understands that the man made away with a few brassieres and panties, and that this is not the first time the home owner lodged a police report over underwear theft.

Videos posted by Facebook user Li Jianbin on Friday (Feb 23) show a man walking along the corridor, where racks of laundry are being aired.

The man suddenly slinks forward and goes through the clothes, before removing some items that appear to be underwear.

Mr Li wrote in Chinese that the incident occurred at Bukit Batok Central.

He wrote: "It's the fifth time this is happening at my home. I made a police report but he has not been caught. Therefore I'm posting this here in hopes that it will raise awareness. He takes only women's lace underwear."

Police investigations are ongoing.

Cases of men stealing underwear from drying laundry racks along HDB corridors are not unheard of.

In October last year, a 26-year-old man was arrested for stealing female undergarments at Block 135, Bedok Reservoir Road.

In August 2016, a 29-year-old man was ordered to undergo a year of psychiatric treatment under a Mandatory Treatment Order. He had stolen more than 100 items of female underwear, including a bra off a clothes rack in Bedok North Street 3.

In January that year, a 42-year-old man was arrested for stealing women's underwear in Queenstown and Redhill.