Australian who shoplifted $10,000 of items during transit at Changi Airport jailed 12 days

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SINGAPORE — An Australian man who was in transit at Changi Airport went on a shoplifting spree at Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 within three hours, and made away with alcohol, earphones and luxury items worth more than $10,000.

Bailey Chad Phillip, 45, was heading back to Melbourne from Germany when he stopped over in Singapore on 12 August.

The unemployed man was sentenced to 12 days’ jail on Monday (26 August) after he pleaded guilty to one count of theft.

Phillip began stealing from Terminal 2 Departure Transit’s Duty Free Singapore Liquor and Wines shop. He stole two bottles of Johnnie Walker whiskey, one bottle of Chivas Regal whiskey, three cans of Carlsberg beer, and three packets of Dunhill cigarettes, among other things.

He later stole two bottles of branded perfume worth $176.60, headphones, and a Bluetooth speaker from other shops at Terminal 2.

When Phillip was at Terminal 1 Departure Transit, he stole a Fur Sling bag worth $3,390 from apparel shop Fendi, and three more earpieces.

In total, Phillip stole items worth a total $10,294.85. All the items were recovered from Phillip, who was arrested at the airport.

A security supervisor of the DFS Venture called the Airport Police Division about the theft after a colleague discovered the Fendi bag missing and reviewed CCTV footage.

In mitigation, Phillip, who was not represented, told the court that he had taken a mixture of anxiety medication and alcohol and was not thinking straight before he committed the offences. He has been in remand since 16 August.

For theft, he could have been jailed up to three years, or fined, or both.

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