Two more suspects charged over $300k gang robbery

Two men who fled to Malaysia after allegedly taking part in a gang robbery at a shophouse last year appeared in court yesterday.

Thava Kumuran Ramamutty, 33, and Shanker Maghalingam, 30, were both charged with one count of gang robbery.

Police were alerted to the robbery involving $300,000 in cash at 93A Rowell Road between 2.45am and 3.08am on Dec 11 last year.

Officers from Central Police Division found after investigations that 12 suspects were involved in the gang robbery.

They are all Singaporeans mostly in their 20s.

The Sunday Times understands that Thava had allegedly robbed a 27-year-old Bangladeshi worker of the money that he had earlier collected from other workers to remit home. Thava had entered the shophouse unit with four other suspects, while the rest waited outside as lookouts.

Ten suspects were arrested in a series of police operations between Dec 11 and Jan 8. They have been charged in court and their cases are ongoing.

The pair who fled to Malaysia after the robbery were nabbed with help from the Royal Malaysia Police (RMP), said the police in a statement on Friday morning.

They were extradited to Singapore on the same day.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Arthur Law, commander of Central Police Division, thanked the RMP for their assistance.

"The SPF (Singapore Police Force) will do its utmost to track down those who flee Singapore after committing crimes. With the assistance from foreign law enforcement agencies counterparts, we will ensure that justice is served," he said.

The pair will be remanded for a week at the Central Police Division. They will return to court on April 20.

Offenders convicted of gang robbery can be punished with up to 20 years in jail and at least 12 strokes of the cane.

Correction note: An earlier version of this story spelt Thava Kumuran Ramamutty's name wrongly. We are sorry for the error.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 15, 2018, with the headline 'Two more suspects charged over $300k gang robbery'. Print Edition | Subscribe