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Man arrested for breaking into mosques and stealing from donation boxes

Police say his modus operandi was to break into mosques after closing hours and force open donation boxes.

SINGAPORE: Police have arrested a 41-year-old man involved in five cases of theft at mosques across the island.

In a statement on Thursday (July 17), the Singapore Police Force said the suspect broke into the mosques after closing hours and forced open donation boxes. They first received a report on May 17 that cash was missing from the donation box of a mosque located along Victoria Street. Four other similar cases were reported from May to July at various other mosques.

Police managed to obtain images of the suspect from CCTV cameras in the mosques, but said establishing his identity was a challenge despite extensive checks on the ground, and a public appeal for information. He was finally nabbed by officers at Geylang Serai on July 16 at about 5.15pm.

He will be charged with Housebreaking and Theft by Night on Friday. If convicted, he could face a maximum jail term of 14 years. 

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