The Police have arrested three men, aged between 48 and 51, for their suspected involvement in a case of staged armed robbery.

On 3 March 2019 at 11.50am, the Police were alerted to a case of armed robbery at a food court along Rivervale Drive. A 49-year-old staff of the food court reported that an unknown man, who was armed with a knife, had entered the office and demanded for money. The robber reportedly made off with $20,000 belonging to the management of the food court.

Through follow-up investigations, several inconsistencies were detected in the the staff's account of the incident. The Police also established the identity of the 48-year-old man who had made off with the money from the food court and arrested him on 7 March 2019. Based on preliminary investigations, it is believed that the staff of the food court had plotted the armed robbery, and had sought the assistance of the 48-year-old man through the recommendation of a 51-year-old acquaintance. The staff and the acquaintance have both been arrested for investigations.

The 48-year-old man will be charged in court on 8 March 2019 with armed robbery under Section 392 read with Section 397 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224. Investigations against the staff of the food court and his acquaintance are ongoing.

Anyone convicted for the offence of armed robbery faces a jail term of not less than five years and not more than 20 years, and shall also be liable to caning of not less than 12 strokes of the cane.

Source: Singapore Police Force