Man stole 12 durians from Toa Payoh stall over three days

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SINGAPORE — A man was jailed for a day on Monday (11 November) for stealing durians from a stall in Toa Payoh Central after the store had closed for the night.

Na Buck Nam, 56, stole 12 durians from the stall over three days in July last year and ate some of them.

The unemployed man was also fined $1,200. As he did not pay the fine, he will serve an additional two days’ jail.

Na admitted to two charges of stealing seven durians, while one charge involving five durians were taken into consideration for his sentencing.

On 19 July last year, while opening the durian store located at Block 186 Toa Payoh Central, shop assistant Ng Puay Peng noticed that some durians were missing. He viewed the stall’s CCTV footage, which showed Na sticking his hand through a canvas sheet and stealing the durians shortly after midnight two days earlier.

The two durians that Na stole were worth $20. Ng then called the police.

Na was arrested on 19 July near a McDonald’s outlet at Lorong 4 Toa Payoh. He admitted to stealing the durians.

Between 18 and 19 July, Na also stole five more durians worth $50 from the same stall. Na admitted to the offence and claimed to have eaten the durians.

For theft, Na could have been jailed up to seven years and fined on each count.