Four people, two men and two women, aged between 27 and 41, were arrested for their suspected involvement in a series of shop theft, The Singapore Police Force (SPF) said in a statement on Tuesday (27 November).
The police said that it received a report from a retailer along Smith Street that items had been stolen from the store on 26 November 2018.
Through ground enquiries, its officers from Central Police Division established the identities of the suspects and arrested them on the same day.
More than 1,000 items, including branded apparels, were recovered and seized as case exhibits. The items have an estimated total value of about S$30,000.
According to the police, preliminary investigations revealed that the suspects are believed to be part of a foreign crime syndicate and were involved in other similar cases reported island wide.
The four suspects will be charged in court on 28 November 2018 with theft in dwelling with common intention under Section 380 read with Section 34 of the Penal Code Chapter 224 read and fraudulent possession with common intention under Sec 35(1) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act Chapter 184 read with Sec 34 of the Penal Code Chapter 224.
If convicted, they shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 8 years and shall also be liable to a fine.