SINGAPORE — A man and woman were charged on Friday (16 October) for stealing Budget 2020 grocery vouchers from letterboxes in a Tampines HDB block earlier this month.
Miqhael Wahyudean Abdullah, 24, is accused of stealing 15 Budget 2020 grocery vouchers from a man at Blk 872A Tampines Street 86 between 6 and 7 October, 3.30am, in common intention with Irwani Nur Amira Azami, 23. The vouchers are worth $10 each.
He is also said to have stolen another 15 vouchers with the same value from another person in the same block during the same period, also in common intention with Irwani.
Irwani faces the same charges as Miqhael. Both will return to court on 6 November and are expected to face additional charges.
According to a police press release, the duo were arrested on 14 October for the alleged theft.
They are the first to be charged for the offence, with another three men and two women being arrested for the same offences across the island.
Investigations, which are still ongoing, revealed that the cases were unrelated and likely to be opportunistic in nature.
A 37-year-old woman was arrested on 11 October for the alleged offence at a residential block along Toa Payoh Lorong 7, while a 41-year-old man and a 44-year-old woman were arrested on 14 October for the same offence at a residential block along Marsiling Road.
Another 54-year-old man was arrested on 14 October for alleged theft at a residential block along Telok Blangah Rise.
Separately, another 54-year-old man was arrested on 15 October for alleged theft of the vouchers at a residential block along Holland Close.
“The police have also received similar reports in other residential estates and we are intensifying our efforts with a view to apprehend the perpetrators and bring them to justice. If you spot any suspicious person(s) loitering near the letterboxes, please call the Police at 999 immediately,” added the police. Those eligible for the vouchers are advised to collect them immediately and ensure their letterboxes are secured at all times.
Theft carries a jail term of up to three years, with fine, or both.
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