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Teens Face Caning, Jail Time for Series of Thefts in Northeast Singapore

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    Four teenagers have reportedly been arrested by authorities in Northeast Singapore in relation to a series of thefts that have been happening in Yishun and Ang Mo Kio.

    According to the police, the group of teens are between 14-years-old and 16-years-old and is comprised of three males and one female, The Straits Times reported. The four teenagers were arrested on Monday, Sept. 4, along Yishun Ring Road.

    Police received a report on Aug. 28 at around 8:15 p.m. from one of the victims of the theft, saying his CashCard had gone missing from his motorcycle that had been parked at Yishun Avenue 11.

    It was revealed through preliminary investigations that the four suspects were also believed to be involved in several other CashCard thefts in Ang Mo Kio and in Yishun, Channel News Asia reported. Two of the suspects are believed to be linked in a theft case reported on Sept. 1 which took place at Block 240 at Yishun Ring Road.

    The two suspects, both aged 14, are set to be charged with the offense of snatch theft and could face up to seven years in prison. They are also liable to caning if found guilty.

    No official word yet for the two remaining suspects as the investigation is still ongoing. If convicted with the crime, the two teenagers may face up to three years of jail time and/or a fine.

    The police, in its released statement, urged the younger generation to turn away from criminal activities and from people who are bad influences.

    Peer pressure and a moment of temptation can easily lead one astray towards the crime of theft which comes with severe consequences. One should exercise self-control and not succumb to temptation or peer pressure in such situations,” the statement read.

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