Police have arrested a 22 year-old man who is believed to be responsible for a series of motor vehicle theft cases that included the theft of an ambulance.
In January 2011, a private ambulance belonging to a Nursing Home was reported stolen from the vicinity of Croucher Road. The ambulance was subsequently recovered in Pasir Ris a few days later. Following the report, officers from Ang Mo Kio Division conducted intensive enquiries and investigation to identify the suspect. The officers’ effort finally paid off when they managed to establish the suspect’s identity through follow-up investigations. On 13 June 2011 at about 10.30 pm, the officers arrested the suspect in an ambush operation in the vicinity of Anchorvale Link. Preliminary investigations indicate that the suspect was responsible for at least 3 cases of motor vehicle theft involving 2 motorcycles and the ambulance, between October 2010 and April 2011.
The suspect will be charged in Court on 15 June 2011 for Theft of Motor Vehicle under Section 379A of the Penal Code, Chapter 224. If convicted, he may be fined and imprisoned for a term which may extend to seven years.
Commander of Ang Mo Kio Police Division, Assistant Commissioner of Police Hsu Sin Yun commended advised motor vehicle owners to note the following crime prevention measures:
Park your motor vehicle in well-lit areas;
Remove the ignition key and lock the motor vehicle whenever it is left unattended, even if it is only for a short while
Install an anti-theft alarm; and Use additional locking devices on your motorcycles, such as disc brake locks.