Police nab housebreaker who stole items with a fishing rod

The Singapore Police Force posted a photo showing items seized from a 45-year-old man arrested for housebreaking.
The Singapore Police Force posted a photo showing items seized from a 45-year-old man arrested for housebreaking.

If you live in the East, you might have been scratching your head over the whereabouts of certain things like your handphone or your laptop which you clearly remember leaving on the table.

It could very well have been stolen.

The Singapore Police Force has announced that it has taken into custody a suspect for allegedly breaking into HDB units in Simei, Tampines and Pasir Ris.

The 45-year-old man is believed to have used tools like a fishing rod, bamboo poles or brooms to lift items such as laptops, handphones, thumb drives, wallets and bags off residents' tables.


The suspect presumably looked a little like this when caught... Picture taken from The Common Constitutionalist, source unknown

The Police were acting on several reports filed this month and studied CCTV footage to identify the culprit.

The man was arrested on Wednesday night in the Tampines Street 21 area and charged in court on Friday with Housebreaking and Theft by Day, an offence that carries a maximum jail term of 14 years in prison with caning.

To prevent similar cases from occurring in the future, police have sent out the following reminders to advise the public:

  • Never leave valuables and bags near openings in your house, such as windows or doors which are within reach by outsiders.
  • Ensure that all doors, windows and other openings are well secured with good quality grilles and/or padlocks;
  • Lock your window grilles before going to sleep or when no one is at home.

Source: Singapore Police Force 

Malaysia look to home comforts for final showdown

Malaysian fans at the Bukit Jalil Stadium in 2011.
Malaysian fans at the Bukit Jalil Stadium in 2011.

Dollah Salleh is counting on Malaysia's home ground advantage to upset Thailand in the second leg of the Suzuki Cup final on Saturday.

The Tigers trail Kiatisuk "Zico" Senamuang's War Elephants by two goals from Wednesday's first-leg match at the Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok.

While Malaysia were outplayed and outgunned by the Thais, head coach Dollah wants his players to repay the support shown to them by the Bukit Jalil Stadium's partisan support, especially after losing their other home game of the tournament to Vietnam in the semi-finals.

Giving it their all

The former Malaysian international said: "We will have to give 200 per cent to stop Zico taking the Cup to Thailand and we must take advantage of playing on home ground.

"It's not easy to play against Thailand because they are fast and skilled. And stamina-wise, I think that they are much better than us.

"But this is our home ground and we must do something for our fans because we don't want something similar to what happened in the first leg against Vietnam.

"We still have 90 minutes and we will give our very best."

Successful campaign

After surpassing expectations when most pundits had written off Malaysia's chances, Dollah won't be losing any sleep if his side fail to replicate their title-winning heroics of 2010.

Not that the former Pahang coach doesn't want to win it, though.

He said: "I only had two weeks with the players to prepare for this tournament and we didn’t expect that our national team would go all the way to the final.

"That's a KPI for me and so this could be considered a success.

"But of course, as a coach, I want us to win the Cup. And I also need the Cup to make sure that I fulfil my career collection."

Source: AFF Suzuki Cup official website

Catch the second leg on SingTel mio TV Ch 114 & StarHub TV Ch 208 (FOX Sports), 7.55pm

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Swimming legend Michael Phelps gets suspended sentence in drink-driving case

Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps arrives for his trial on Dec 19, 2014 at the John R Hargrove, Sr District Court Building in Baltimore, Maryland.

Olympic swimming legend Michael Phelps was given a one-year suspended sentence and 18 months probation on Friday after pleading guilty to drink driving and speeding.

Phelps – the most decorated Olympian of all time – was also ordered by Maryland district court judge Nathan Braverman to continue receiving treatment for alcoholism after the September incident.

While on probation, he cannot touch alcohol before driving – but he can leave the United States to train and compete, so long as he keeps up his treatment program.

Wearing a dark suit and glasses, the tall, lanky 29-year-old Phelps recalled how he checked himself into intensive rehab immediately after his Sept 30 arrest.
 

“During the 45-day program, I was able to find out a lot about myself that I never knew before.”  - Michael Phelps, who added that he now had the “tools” to go forward.
 

“I’m looking at a much better future than I have had in the past,” he told Braverman, as his mother, two sisters and Baltimore Ravens star Ray Lewis looked on.

Phelps is now attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, as well as regular post-rehab sessions at a clinic in suburban Baltimore, his lawyer Steven Allen said.

Braverman – for whom Phelps was a celebrity exception to a morning otherwise filled with dozens of routine traffic offences – hoped Phelps had turned a corner.

“I’m optimistic we won’t have this conversation again,” he said, recalling how Phelps got probation for a similar drunk-driving offence a decade ago.

Phelps took to his Twitter account to say that the past three months have been the hardest in his life and his biggest learning experience. 

He acknowledged that what he did was wrong.

He also thanked his supporters. 

Police say Phelps’ white Land Rover was doing 84 miles (135kmh) in a 45 mph zone in Baltimore’s Fort McHenry Tunnel early on the morning of Sept 30, as he was driving from the city’s Horseshoe casino.

He was suspended from competition for six months – although Allen mentioned in court that Phelps in is training for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time with 18 golds out of 22 total medals.- AFP

Man, 64, found dead in car at Toa Payoh

A man's body was found in a car at Toa Payoh Lorong & this morning (Dec 20).

A 64-year-old man was found dead in a car at Block 21,​ Toa Payoh Lorong 7.

A by-stander said he saw the car door was ajar and the man was collapsed to his left side in the car. 

The man's son and daughter-in-law were at the scene when the undertaker took the body away.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force received a call at 6.58am.

But the man was already dead when the paramedics arrived. 

Read the full report in our print edition on Dec 21.

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WATCH: Wrap a present in less than 10 seconds

As the Christmas season closes in, here's a timely tip that could shave many minutes or hours off time spent wrapping presents.

Takashimaya Department Store in Japan released a video that teaches viewers how to wrap a present quickly and beautifully like an expert.

The secret involves wrapping it in such a way that you need to use cellophane only twice. 

So try it out and share with us how you fare.

You can't use the excuse that it took too much time to wrap a present anymore.

Have a great holiday season, and may you enjoy a bounty of presents!

Source: A Plus

WATCH: Base jumper survives horrific fall from cliff

Thrill-seeker and base jumper Thayer Healy almost died after he had jumped off a cliff in Moab, Utah last year.

He had pulled his chute but was slammed face-first into the cliff. The situation spiralled out of control and he found himself falling straight down without any protection. The incident was captured on his GoPro camera and was only uploaded last week.

Miraculously he survived the incident and spent only a day in the hospital.

Source: A Plus

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