SINGAPORE — Two men have been arrested and are currently facing charges for their alleged involvement in stealing a diamond ring worth over S$132,000 (US$99,488) from a pawnshop at Lucky Plaza on Sunday (16 Jul).
According to a statement released by the Singapore Police Force on Thursday (20 Jul), the incident was reported to the police shortly before 6.30 pm on the same day.
During the incident, a 48-year-old man entered the pawnshop at Lucky Plaza, claiming that he intended to purchase a diamond ring.
While the staff was assisting him, he took advantage of the situation and stole another diamond ring worth over S$132,000 before quickly fleeing the scene.
Upon receiving the report, officers from the Tanglin Police Division promptly launched an investigation and successfully identified the 48-year-old suspect and his 58-year-old accomplice.
However, within just one hour of the police being alerted, both suspects had managed to escape to Malaysia.
Nonetheless, the State Court issued arrest warrants on Monday, and with the full cooperation of the Royal Malaysian Police, the two men were apprehended at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) on Wednesday and subsequently extradited back to Singapore on Thursday.
Both men are scheduled to appear in court on Friday to face charges related to theft in dwelling with common intention. The police are also seeking a court order to remand them for further investigations.
If proven guilty, the suspects could potentially face a maximum sentence of seven years in jail, in addition to a fine.