So remember not too long ago when a 37-year-old woman got arrested for stealing grocery vouchers?
Not so much a Robin Hood story as it was Robbing Hood.
Following that, seven others were also arrested for the same reason.
So you’d probably think this would stop happening after a while, right?
Sadly, the number of cases has only got higher as of today.
14 More Arrested For Voucher Theft
Today, 14 more people have been arrested for allegedly stealing grocery vouchers from letterboxes.
This makes a total of 24 theft cases over the last week.
The vouchers were stolen from various places across the country. The cases are as follows:
The youngest offenders were a 17-year-old man and two women aged 16 and 18.
They were arrested by officers from the Central Police Division at residential blocks along Maude Road and Kitchener Road. They will be charged today.
The trio is also the youngest among all the arrested so far.
Lower Delta Road
A 24-year-old man was arrested over the theft of grocery vouchers at letterboxes at Lower Delta Road.
A 46-year-old man and a 43-year-old woman were arrested for allegedly stealing the vouchers from a residential block Lorong 1 Toa Payoh.
Ang Mo Kio
A 53-year-old woman was arrested for allegedly stealing the vouchers from an HDB block at Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1.
Her 28-year-old daughter was also arrested. She allegedly used the grocery vouchers after knowing they had been stolen.
A 43-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman were arrested for allegedly stealing grocery vouchers along Aljunied Crescent.
Jalan Kayu and Kim Tian Place
A 43-year-old man and 34-year-old woman were arrested for cases of theft at residential blocks along Jalan Kayu and Kim Tian Place respectively.
Two men aged 54 and 61 were arrested for allegedly stealing grocery vouchers at a residential block along Lengkok Bahru. Investigations are ongoing.
A 67-year-old man was also arrested on 16 October for alleged theft of Budget 2020 grocery vouchers at a residential block along Marsiling Road
Aside from these cases, a 70-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman are being investigated for dishonestly misappropriating grocery vouchers.
They are suspected of doing so at residential blocks along Choa Chu Kang Avenue 7 and Choa Chu Kang Street 51 respectively.
All Cases Are Unrelated
The Singapore Police Force (SPF) has noted that all cases have been unrelated.
“The police have also received similar reports in other residential estates and we are intensifying our efforts with a view to apprehend the perpetrators and bring them to justice.”
Some tools related to the thefts have also been seized.
This is the kind of creativity that should not be praised.
To minimise the risk of the vouchers getting stolen, the SPF has given some helpful tips.
- For one, it might be prudent to collect the vouchers as soon as possible. If they’re not there, they can’t be stolen, right?
- Also, make sure to secure your letterbox tightly.
- Should you suspect that your vouchers could have been stolen, lodge a police report immediately.
- You should also call the Grocery Voucher hotline (1800-2222-888) to void or replace your vouchers.
- Voiding these vouchers will ensure that the person who stole the vouchers can’t use them, and could possibly be identified and invited in when he or she attempts to use them.
- And finally, if you see any suspicious people loitering around the letterbox area, call the police down immediately.
You should also report any suspicious activity if you see it.