Published date01 November 2021
Publication titleASEAN Tribune

01 November 2021 (Singapore Police Force) The Police have arrested five persons, aged between 15 and 19, for their suspected involvement in relation to a case of theft of motor vehicle.

Background of incident

On 30 October 2021 at about 8.30pm, the Police received a report that a motor car was stolen along Jalan Kayu. The victim, a 22-year-old man who was providing carpooling services, had picked up two men at Compass One Shopping Centre, who wanted to travel to a HDB block at Jalan Kayu. When the victim reached the destination at about 7.30pm, he acceded to his passengers' request to purchase cigarettes at a nearby shop, leaving his car engine running. He then saw his passengers driving off in his car.

An operation involving Ang Mo Kio Police Division, Police Operations Command Centre (POCC) and Police Intelligence Department (PID), was immediately mounted to trace both the men and the stolen car. Subsequently, the identity of the 19-year-old man ('first driver') allegedly involved in theft of the vehicle, was established.

On 31 October 2021 at about 2.15am, plainclothes officers from Ang Mo Kio Police Division spotted the first driver along with an unknown female passenger in the stolen car in the vicinity of Yishun Street 21. When engaged by the officers in the open carpark, the first driver allegedly collided into the officers' unmarked Police car and sped off. While getting away, he purportedly knocked into a parked van. In the ensuing pursuit, officers lost sight of the car along Yishun Avenue 7. Further investigations revealed that the vehicle registration plate of the stolen car had allegedly been changed to that of a plate stolen from another vehicle in Marine Parade. Both plainclothes officers from the unmarked Police car were not injured, but the car was damaged arising from the collision.

With the assistance of Police Cameras (PolCams), the first driver was spotted in the vicinity of Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5. Officers from Ang Mo Kio Police Division subsequently arrested him and his 15-year-old female passenger on 31 October 2021 at about 8am. A stun device was also recovered from the first driver. It was eventually established that the first driver had allegedly passed the stolen car to another 19-year-old male accomplice ('second driver'), whom he had purportedly stolen the car with.

On 31 October 2021 at about 9.00am, plainclothes officers from Ang Mo Kio Police Division spotted the second driver along with another unknown male passenger in the stolen...

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