SINGAPORE – Five people, aged between 18 and 45, have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the theft of six cars from workshops, said the police on Friday (June 3).
Three of them will be charged in court on Saturday with stealing the vehicles with common intention.
So far, five of the stolen cars have been recovered.
The police said in a statement that it received several reports between May 23 and 31 that six cars from workshops near Kim Chuan Terrace, near Tai Seng and Kaki Bukit Road had been stolen.
Investigations found that the cars were unlocked with the keys left in the vehicles while they were parked at the workshops.
Through ground inquiries, investigations and the aid of security cameras, police officers identified six people believed to be involved in the theft, and arrested five of them between June 1 and 3.
During the arrest, one of them, a 29-year-old man, was allegedly found to be in possession of identity cards belonging to two others without lawful authority, said the police.
He and another two people – an 18-year-old woman and a 45-year-old man – who allegedly worked together to steal the vehicles will be charged in court on June 4.
They may face up to seven years in jail and a fine.
The police said: “The police will not tolerate such brazen acts of theft, and will spare no effort to apprehend such offenders and deal with them in accordance with the law.
“We would like to advise everyone to refrain from leaving their car keys in the vehicles, and to lock the car whenever it is left unattended, even for a short while.”