$840,000 recovered in million-dollar heist

SINGAPORE - Police have arrested five men, aged between 29 and 34, on Sept 12 for robbing three foreign Indian businessmen of more than $1 million.

On Sept 10, sometime before 8.45am, three men impersonating as police officers confronted the three victims at a second floor shophouse unit along Dunlop Street.

The men claimed the victims were involved in illegal activities and were there to check on them. After robbing them of their money, the men tied the victims up and left in a car.

After a 48-hour operation paid off, the five men involved were arrested on Sept 12. $842,400 in cash was recovered and the get-away car was seized.

The suspects will be charged for gang robbery and personating as a public servant.

If guilty of gang robbery, offenders may be jailed between five and 20 years, and caned up to 12 strokes.

If guilty of personating as a public servant, offenders face a jail term which may extend to two years, or a fine, or both.

Police advise that the public is in doubt, they should request for the officer's warrant card to verify his identity before complying with the instructions of the officer.

A genuine warrant card will have identification features such as the police crest, the photo of the officer, his name and NRIC number. If they are still unsure, the public should call 999 for assistance.

More information is available at www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=113759059467.

natlim@sph.com.sg

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