The Police have arrested two men, aged 19 and 20, for their suspected involvement in a case of impersonating as police officers and theft along Orchard Road.
On 30 April 2018, the Police received a report from a victim informing that two men who identified themselves as police officers had conducted checks on his wallet and taken his money. Through follow-up investigations, officers from Tanglin Police Division established the identities of the suspects and arrested them on the same night along Yishun Street 51. Preliminary investigations revealed that two victims were approached by the two men who identified themselves as police officers. It is believed that the men had demanded for the victims' wallets to check on their identification. Cash amounting to about $1200 was found to be missing from the victims' wallets when it was handed back to them. The two men then fled when confronted by the victims.
The two men will be charged in court on 2 May 2018 with the offence of personating as a public servant with common intention under Section 170 read with Section 34 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224. If convicted, they shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 2 years and shall also be liable to a fine. Anyone convicted for the offence of theft under Section 379 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224, is liable for a jail term up to 3 years, and shall also be liable to a fine.
The Police would like to remind the public to be vigilant and wary of persons who may impersonate as Police Officers to facilitate the commission of their criminal acts. If in doubt, they should request for the Police Officer's Warrant Card to verify his identity before complying with the instructions of the officer. A genuine warrant card will have identification features such as the Police crest, the photo of the officer, his name and NRIC number. When the card is tilted at an angle, the holographic word POLICE will also appear below the Officer's photograph. If they are still unsure of the person's credibility as a Police Officer, they should call 999 for assistance
Source: Singapore Police Force