Three Filipino nationals who stole casino chips from the Marina Bay Sands (MBS) casino were each sentenced to 18 months’ jail by the State Courts on Friday (16 March).
The trio, Ryan Dimaunahan De Los Reyes, 31, Celiz Bernaldez Jerwin, 35 and Lazaro Floro Bumatay, 54, each pleaded guilty to two charges – abetment by conspiracy to commit theft and transferring benefits of criminal conduct.
They were nabbed at the casino on 17 January this year after CCTV footage showed them stealing casino chips from baccarat tables. They had pocketed a total of $41,000 worth of chips.
The trio met in Manila in October 2017 and developed a plan to steal casino chips in Singapore by putting sticky tape on their palms.
In January this year, they visited the MBS casino several times, targeting high rollers who played with chips of high value.
Jerwin distracted patrons while Ryan and Lazaro used the sticky tape technique to steal chips when the patrons were distracted or looked away. Lazaro would then collect the chips and cash them out daily before leaving the casino.
In addition, they each remitted S$1,000 of the stolen proceeds to the Philippines.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Stephanie Chew sought a jail term of 18 months’ each for the trio, saying that they had come to Singapore specifically to commit offences and that no restitution had been made.
District Judge Chay Yuen Fatt agreed with the prosecution and sentenced them accordingly, backdating their jail terms to 19 January.