Thieves were well-equipped to cut safe open

Cases of thieves cutting safes to get hold of the loot are rare in Singapore, say experts.

Criminal lawyer Rajan Supramaniam from Hilborne Law, who has been practising for 15 years, said this is the first time he has heard of such a case.

The former senior prison officer added: "I have encountered cases where the thieves make off with the whole safe, but never one where the safe was cut.

"I think this current case shows a strong degree of premeditation on the part of the thieves."

Former policeman Joseph Tan agreed.

Mr Tan, who founded the Crime Library - a voluntary group that helps track down missing people - added: "It appeared that the thieves brought their equipment to the victim's office and they were very prepared to commit the crime."

He also said that the safe was most probably cut using a oxy-acetylene flame, an extremely hot flame used to cut metal.

Safe manufacturers contacted by TNP declined to comment on what it takes to cut such a hole, citing security reasons. - Shaffiq Alkhatib