Suspected Standard Chartered Bank robber arrested in Bangkok

SINGAPORE: The man who allegedly made off with S$30,000 from the Holland Village branch of Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) has been arrested in Bangkok, the Singapore Police Force (SPF) announced on Monday (Jul 11).

Police said the suspect was apprehended on Jul 10 with assistance of the Royal Thai Police. “Police through the investigations managed to establish the identity of the suspect on the same day but he had already left Singapore for Bangkok, shortly after the crime was reported,” SPF said.

The robbery occurred on Thursday morning at 11.25am. Preliminary investigations revealed that the suspect made off with S$30,000 in cash and that no weapon was used at the time of the crime, SPF said. It added that police were informed of the case of robbery after the suspect had left the scene.

Officers from Clementi Division, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), the Public Transport Security Command (TransCom) and the Police Intelligence Department (PID) responded immediately and pursued all available leads, SPF stated.

“The police did not release further details beyond the initial police statements for operational reasons to ensure the arrest operation was not jeopardised,” SPF added. Singapore authorities are currently engaging counterparts in Thailand to see whether the suspect can be released into their custody.

Responding to queries from Channel NewsAsia, SCB said it is “glad” that police investigations have progressed and the suspect has been detained. “We will continue to fully cooperate with the police on the investigations,” added the bank’s spokesperson.

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