28 Feb '11, 7am

Serial thief who stole from the elderly jailed for 4 years

Serial thief who stole from the elderly jailed for 4 years

Malaysian Tai Soon Leong preyed on the residences of the elderly to steal jewellery to sell. -- PHOTO: SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE A MAN who stole from the elderly in Housing Board flats by mainly posing as an electrician to get in was jailed for four years on Monday. The other method used by Malaysian Tai Soon Leong, 51, to gain entry into the premises was to break flower pots outside the victims' homes in a bid to distract them. In total, the victims, aged between 60 and 90 years, lost $331,334 on 113 occasions. Tai had earlier admitted to 10 of 113 counts of theft in dwelling involving $79,750. Tai, who is suffering from diabetes and studied up to Primary 1, had evaded arrest by using different passports to enter and exit Singapore. He was arrested in October last year. The father of two sold the stolen jewellery in Johor Baru, Malaysia or Sungei Road, and used the cash proc...

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