Woman jailed for stealing milk powder from supermarkets

Nicholas Yong
Senior Correspondent
A woman was jailed for stealing milk powder from supermarkets. Photo: Reuters

A 37-year-old woman who stole tins of milk powder worth almost $5,700 has been jailed for four months.

According to media reports, housewife Noris Ithnin stole the 80 tins of milk powder from supermarkets in the western region of Singapore. She pleaded guilty to six charges, while ten others were taken into consideration.

Noris committed the offences over about 18 months, including twice while out on bail. Investigations showed that the mother of five stole the milk powder in order to resell them, as her family was financially strapped. A police raid on her Jurong East flat saw 10 tins being seized.

Last February and March, Noris stole tins of milk powder from a Fairprice outlet in Clementi on 12 occasions. Even while on bail, she stole four tins at a Sheng Siong supermarket in Bukit Batok West, placing them in a trolley and leaving by a side entrance. Noris was eventually identified through closed-circuit television camera footage.

Last Tuesday, a 34-year-old man was arrested for his suspected involvement in a series of milk powder thefts at supermarkets islandwide. Some 200 tins worth more than $10,000 were seized from his home.

Anyone found guilty of theft in dwelling faces a fine and/or jail for up to seven years.