The police are looking for a man who allegedly threatened to blow up a pawn shop outside Boon Lay MRT station on Saturday (28 July) afternoon after failing to rob it.
According to Facebook posts by the Singapore Police Force (SPF), the man entered the pawn shop at about 4.30pm and proceeded to threaten the shop’s staff with a knife as well as what is believed to be a replica gun.
He demanded that the staff hand over cash and jewellery but did not receive any cooperation with his requests. He then allegedly told the shop’s staff that he would blow up the place with an “object that he claimed was an explosive device”.
“The man then threw the said object on the counter and fled the pawn shop without taking any items,” said the SPF post.
Staff members immediately threw the object out of the shop and contacted the police. It was later established that the object contained only some electrical components.
No one was injured in the incident, which also led to the temporary closure of Exit C at Boon Lay MRT station as police investigated the object that the suspect had thrown.
The SPF have also issued a public appeal for information to assist in its investigations. The suspect has been described as being about 1.75m tall and was last seen wearing a pink turban, blue jacket and long brown pants.
Anyone with information can call the Police Hotline at 1800-255-0000 or submit information online at www.police.gov.sg/iwitness. All information will be kept strictly confidential.
The case has been classified under Section 4(A) of the Arms Offences Act, which carries the death penalty.
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