The Singapore Police Force arrested a Singaporean man on Thursday (3 August) in Pasir Ris Drive 6, after a three-day islandwide manhunt, following the armed Western Union robbery in Ubi.
Police trawled through more than 1,000 hours of video footage taken from police cameras and closed-circuit cameras in shophouses and eateries before establishing the man’s identity.
The police also appealed to vehicle owners who were travelling on the road at the same time as the suspect, to submit in-car camera footage.
Video footage gathered from the public provided crucial leads in tracing the suspect’s escape route, said Superintendent K. Vasanthan, head investigator of Bedok Police Division.
The police launched the Vehicles-on-Watch initiative in 2015 to tap in-vehicle cameras to deter and solve crimes, and to act as extra “eyes” in the community.
More than 130 officers from the Bedok Police Division, Criminal Investigation Department and Police Intelligence Department were involved in the operation.
The case was described as “challenging” as the suspect had “taken pains to hide his identity”. There were also limited forensic evidence, such as fingerprints.
If convicted of robbery, the man may face a jail term of between two and 10 years, and at least 12 strokes of the cane.
Source: “Ubi armed robbery suspect nabbed”, The Straits Times, 5 August 2017.