Alleged pickpocket caught on video at Ang Mo Kio Hub charged

Wan Ting Koh
Reporter
A screengrab from a video posted on the Stomp citizen journalism website showing the alleged incident.

A man who was caught on video allegedly pickpocketing another man at a taxi stand outside Ang Mo Kio Hub was charged in court on Tuesday (19 February).

Azman Addon, 51, faces one count of stealing a black wallet worth $602 from the victim on Valentine’s Day. He will be back in court on 5 March.

The video of the alleged incident was sent to the Stomp citizen journalism site, where it was uploaded on 15 February. It has since garnered over 32,000 views.

Accused on remission order

According to court documents, Azman was on a remission order when he allegedly committed the theft offence. It was not stated what his earlier offence was.

If convicted on the current theft charge, Azman will have to serve the remainder of his previous jail term in addition to his new sentence for the theft offence.

According to a Straits Times report, Azman was filmed by a witness who spotted his alleged pickpocketing attempt.

Known in the report as Ayihtnas, the witness said she shouted to alert the victim when Azman allegedly walked away with his wallet.

The victim then chased after Azman and got his wallet back. He later made a police report.

The police managed to establish Azman’s identity through ground enquiries and police cameras. Azman was arrested on Monday.

If convicted, Azman faces a jail term of up to three years along with a possible fine.

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