23 Jun '11, 8am

13 years' detention for stealing almost $1m in property

13 years' detention for stealing almost $1m in property

Armed with a screwdriver and a pair of gloves, Bay broke into the premises and stole, among other things, a laptop, jewellery, foreign currencies and Rolex watches. -- PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER A MAN who broke into 144 Housing Board flats island-wide and got away with almost $1 million worth of property was given 13 years' preventive detention and 24 strokes of the cane on Thursday. Bay Buck Siong, 48, had targeted homes in areas such as Tampines, Yishun, Bukit Batok, Clementi and Hougang between Feb 24, 2009 and Jan 16 this year. The odd-job worker had committed the offences within six months of his release from a nine-year and 24-stroke sentence in 1999 for similar offences. He pleaded guilty earlier this month to 10 counts of housebreaking and theft by day involving $129,722. Armed with a screwdriver and a pair of gloves, he broke into the premises and stole, among other thi...

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