Malaysian caught 3 years after alleged gems theft in S’pore

The employee of the jewellery company was reported to have fled with 300 items worth more than RM760,000.

PETALING JAYA: The long arm of the law has caught up with a 29-year-old Malaysian three years after he allegedly fled with jewellery worth more than S$250,000 (RM761,000) from the firm he worked for in Singapore.

Channel News Asia (CNA) said the Singapore Police Force (SPF) received a report in February 2016 that more than 300 pieces of jewellery had gone missing from two outlets of a jewellery company.

The man was later identified to be an employee of the company.

Police investigations revealed he had fled to Malaysia before the report was lodged.

“With strong cooperation and assistance from the Royal Malaysia Police, the man was arrested in Malaysia on June 5, pursuant to a warrant of arrest issued by the Singapore State Courts,” CNA quoted the SPF as saying in a statement.

The man was brought back to Singapore yesterday and will be charged today with criminal breach of trust.

“The SPF will spare no efforts to hunt down criminals who commit serious crimes in Singapore and flee our borders thereafter,” Jarrod Pereira from the Clementi Police Division was quoted as saying.

“We will work with our foreign law enforcement partners to bring these fugitives to justice.”

If found guilty, the man can be jailed for a maximum of 15 years and fined.