Tourist jailed for housebreaking in S'pore

Tourist jailed for housebreaking in S'pore

CrimeLibrarySingapore·2018-01-02 05:40

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The only sights that Chinese tourist Zhong Zili was interested in seeing in Singapore were the insides of condominiums and houses. He was a burglar.

Zhong knew he would reap more from private houses and condominiums than Housing Board flats, said investigating officer Tan Lee Teck, who was responsible for his arrest.

From his Geylang budget hotel, the 31-year-old former construction worker from Shenzhen took buses to several private estates. In just three days, he made off with $33,250 in cash and valuables.

At a condominium in Eunos, he scaled up a sewage pipe to get to the unlocked windows of two second-storey units.

In one break-in, he woke a sleeping 35-year-old woman while ransacking her bedroom. He stabbed her with a pair of scissors. But Zhong made the mistake of trying to sell his loot here.

A pawnshop owner recognised the items, including brand-name watches and jewellery, from routine police alerts that give details of stolen goods.

The father of a baby boy was arrested near his hotel. He pleaded guilty to housebreaking and hurting the woman, and was sentenced to six years' jail and 12 strokes of the cane.

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