SINGAPORE — A man who stole a piece of roast meat from a Sheng Siong supermarket outlet was ordered to undergo an assessment for a mandatory treatment order on Tuesday (29 June)
Chan Horn Yuen was caught on CCTV taking the meat, worth $10.73 last year. On duty staff who checked the CCTV footage also found that Chan had pocketed other groceries on earlier occasions.
Chan was assessed to have obsessive compulsive disorder. He pleaded guilty to two out of four charges of theft on Tuesday.
The 54-year-old Singaporean visited the Sheng Siong Supermarket at Block 88 Tanglin Halt Road on 29 December last year. Chan tried to steal a piece of roast meat and leave the supermarket without paying.
He was caught and detained, and the duty manager of the supermarket called the police. The piece of roast meat was recovered.
While awaiting the arrival of the police, an employee checked CCTV footage and found that Chan had taken other items without paying last year, on 4 November and 21 December.
He pocketed a lime, other fruits, and a Bake King Cream of Tartar and a MAMA Taste Crispy S/Anchovy Chilli in November. These were worth a total of $19.17.
In December, he stole an unspecified item worth $2.75. All the items were not recovered.
Chan also stole from the NTUC Fair Price Supermarket at NEX Shopping Mall on an earlier occasion.
On 26 August last year, an on-duty security officer at the supermarket was doing his rounds when he spotted Chan behaving suspiciously. The officer decided to keep his eye on Chan and noticed him transferring a few items from a shopping basket to his bag.
Chan then left the supermarket without paying for the items, which included a packet of basil, a packet of coconut milk, curry paste and two packets of baby corn. These were worth $8.85 in total. He was detained and interviewed. He later admitted to the theft.
His lawyer M Ravi submitted for a mandatory treatment order suitability report to be called for Chan, while the prosecution sought a fine.
Chan will return to court for his sentence on 27 July.
For theft, he may be jailed up to three years, or fined, or both.
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