SINGAPORE: A man wielding a knife robbed a Western Union branch in Ubi on Tuesday morning (Aug 1), in the second armed robbery in Singapore in two days.
The suspect, who is at large, forced an employee of the money transfer branch at Block 301 Ubi Avenue 1 to hand over more than S$2,000 in cash. He then fled on foot, the police said.
The police were alerted at around 10.50am. The Western Union employee was not injured and no one was inside the branch at the time of the robbery, they said.
The suspect is said to be tall, and wearing a white helmet, black jacket and dark-coloured long trousers.
The landlord of the Western Union branch, who only wanted to be known as Mr Liu, said he heard the female employee shouting for help. But by the time he reached the branch, the robber had fled.
Mr Liu, 56, who lives directly above the branch, added that the Western Union employee was "definitely scared".
According to Mr Liu, who also owns a flower shop next to the Western Union branch, this is the first time such an incident has happened since 1988, when he set up.
"I'm thinking of installing cameras for better security," he told Channel NewsAsia.
A Western Union spokesperson said in a statement that the company's primary concern was for their staff.
"Our primary concern is for the well-being of the staff who was manning the location," the spokesperson said. "Western Union has arranged for assistance on-site and will continue to support the staff in the days ahead."
"We are thankful to the Singapore law enforcement team for their rapid and professional response," the spokesperson added, saying that Western Union was cooperating fully with authorities.
Police said investigations are ongoing.
This is the second armed robbery in as many days. On Monday, a 48-year-old man was arrested for robbing a Shell petrol station at knifepoint, in what the police said was the first such case in 10 years.