The State Courts / photo: Terry Xu

Former logistics officer sentenced to 18-weeks’ imprisonment for theft of inmates’ belongings

A 29-year-old former logistics officer was sentenced to 18-weeks’ imprisonment last Fri (1 Mar) after the State Courts had found him guilty of theft in relation to the personal belongings of prison inmates.

Muhamad Rawandi AB Rahman, who was a full-time logistics officer for ST Logistics at the time he committed the crime, pleaded guilty to stealing items such as mobile phones and wallets worth approximately S$500 in total in Sep last year whilst on duty at Logispark, which houses the personal belongings of prison inmates.

The following is a list of articles stolen by Rawandi during the week he was deployed at Logispark:

  • A pink Samsung mobile phone;
  • An Apple iPhone 7 Plus;
  • A black Xiaomi mobile phone;
  • A blue denim wallet; and
  • A dark brown wallet.

The inmates’ personal belongings were stored in three polymer bags, which Rawandi had torn in order to access the items. Rawandi admitted that he had thrown away the polymer bags in a rubbish bin after stealing the items.

Rawandi was caught via a closed-circuit television footage a month later by his supervisor, following which the logistics officer was called upon by said supervisor.

Rawandi subsequently admitted to committing theft.

Consequently, he was taken to a police station by his supervisor, and had a police report lodged against him by the supervisor, the court heard.

While Rawandi had disposed the two wallets and the pink Samsung mobile phone – which had a cracked screen – in Nov, he kept the Apple iPhone and the Xiaomi phone but did not do anything with the phones.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Senthilkumaran Sabapathy revealed that Rawandi did not sell off the two phones as he was afraid of doing so.

The Apple iPhone and the Xiaomi phone have since been handed to the police.

Had the State Courts decided to impose the original sentencing for Rawandi’s offence of committing “theft by clerk or servant of property in possession of master”, he could have been facing up to seven years of imprisonment in addition to a fine under s.381 of the Penal Code.