Singaporean man charged with Western Union armed robbery


SINGAPORE – A 58-year-old Singaporean male was charged in court on Saturday (Aug 5) with the heist that took place at the Ubi Avenue 1 Western Union branch on Tuesday (Aug 1).

Hashim Hamzah, presumably armed himself with a knife before robbing the remittance outlet at around 10.40 am that day. He apparently robbed $4,000.

Inning accordance with a police press release on Friday (Aug 4), a robber had entered the outlet using a helmet and a mask to conceal his identity.

He ordered the personnel not to shout and demanded cash prior to fleeing the scene on a bicycle.

An authorities district attorney told the court Hashim is thought to be associated with other offenses.

Hashim will be remanded at Bedok Police Division. He will be back in court on Aug 11.

The products that were recovered from the man that was accused of robbing the Western Union outlet in Ubi.

Hashim can not be canned as he is above 50 years old.

Items recuperated by the cops consisted of the trip bike, 4D tickets purchased by the suspect and his shoes. The suspect at the Western Union branch (right) in Ubi on Tuesday. He was detained in Pasir Ris after a three-day manhunt.

Cops stated officers from Bedok Police Division as well as the Criminal Investigation and Police Intelligence departments managed to develop the robber’s identity after “working relentlessly round the clock”.

They jailed Hashim along Pasir Ris Drive 6 on Thursday (Aug 3).

Assistant Commissioner Tan Tin Wee stated he is very proud of the officers.

The Commander of Bedok Police Division added: “The cops do not tolerate such brazen acts and we will spare no effort to hound these culprits to make sure that they deal with the full impact of the law.”

This case was the second of 2 heist occurrences earlier today.

On Wednesday (Aug 2), cleaning business worker Visvanathan Vadivelu, 48, was charged in court with equipping himself with a kitchen area knife to rob a Shell petrol station in Upper Bukit Timah Road on Monday (July 31).

The Singaporean, who is accused of devoting Singapore’s very first armed robbery at a petrol station in 10 years, supposedly made off with $1,193 in cash.

Visvanathan is now remanded at the Central Police Division and will be back in court on Aug 8.

There were 93 cases of break-in last year, down from 230 in 2014.

The variety of armed robberies reported dipped from 50 in 2014 to 15 in 2015.

Wrongdoers convicted of armed robbery can be jailed for up to 10 years and offered at least 12 strokes of the walking stick.

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