Sometimes, you tend to wonder if TV dramas have influenced people to do silly things.
Like these three fellows who think they’re Ocean’s Eleven and robbed an Ang Mo Kio jewellery shop in broad daylight.
And just like in the TV, the trio was caught within thirty-six hours.
Here’s what went down.
Robbed AMK Jewellery Shop
Lest you’re not familiar with Ang Mo Kio, here’s a brief context: that area is large. Even the other MRT station, Yio Chu Kang MRT Station, is surrounded by Ang Mo Kio.
Ang Mo Kio Ave 10 is an estate that’s not within walking distance from any MRT station, but the area is filled with countless HDB flats.
So, two days ago, on 14 August 2019, a man decided to walk into Hock Cheong Jade and Jewellery—a shop in Blk 574. He looked just like any robber, donning a black helmet, blue jacket, black pants and a black bag.
The man then jumped over the counter, grabbed jewelleries which amounted to about S$100,000 and ran off. Yeah, no weapons (or a piece of paper) were used.
And all along, we thought he carried out his heist alone.
It turned out that he had minions with him.
Three Men Arrested for the Robbery
Today, it’s revealed that three men were involved. Aged between 27 to 36, they were arrested within 36 hours after the incident.
According to the police, 120 officers were involved in the investigation, comprising offers from CID, Police Intelligence Department, Ang Mo Kio Police Division, Bedok Police Division and of course Woodlands Police Division, whose NPC lost a basin tap recently.
The robber had escaped via a car, and CCTV from multiple angles was the key to establishing the identities of the suspects.
It’s unknown what roles the other two suspects had taken.
One of them would be charged today (16 August 2019), while the other two would be charged in court tomorrow.
All of them would be charged with robbery with common intention. If convicted, they could be jailed for up to 10 years and receive at least six strokes of the cane.
Oh, wells, here’s another lesson for us all: you can jump and you can run, but you can’t hide.
Because cameras are everywhere.
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