Man jailed for staging break-in
By Claire Huang | Posted: 18 May 2012 1219 hrs
SINGAPORE: An assistant manager has been sentenced to nine months' jail for staging a break-in at his workplace and accusing his accomplice of being the mastermind.
Tan Tien Poh, 31, committed the offence when he was working for Asli Village Food Court in Downtown East.
Between January 15 and 16 this year, he suggested to an assistant cook, Roszamri Ma'arof, 27, that they stage a break-in to steal the money in the office safe.
At 4.30am on January 24, Tan counted the day's earnings of S$45,000 and placed the money in the safe.
He left the office to meet Roszamri at Downtown East.
From there, they took a taxi to the food court.
Roszamri went on to steal the safe.
The two later split the amount at Tan's residence in Rivervale Drive.
Shortly past noon on the same day, Tan called the police to report the break-in.
A day later, Tan was arrested.
Cash of S$30,000 was seized from him.
Roszamri was caught on January 31 at Woodlands Checkpoint.
During investigations, Tan accused Roszamri of being the mastermind, saying he only wanted a share of the money out of greed.
Tan's lawyer told the court his client, who was earning S$2,000 a month, was not facing any financial difficulty but committed the crimes on impulse.
He added that Tan had made full restitution to the owners and had shown remorse.
For stealing from his employer, Tan could have been jailed up to seven years and fined.
For providing false information to the authorities, he could have been jailed up to one year, fined a maximum of S$5,000, or both.