An elderly couple were shocked to find S$25,000 in savings and jewellery missing from their safe on the same day their domestic helper abruptly left their home in Tampines Street 83.
The Indonesian helper was employed in March 2019 to help a 79-year-old woman care for her 95-year-old husband. The couple live alone in their HDB flat.
A few weeks earlier, the helper told the family that she wanted to return to her hometown in Tanjung Tiga, Blanakan, Subang at the end of the month. Last Wednesday, she abruptly went missing after she had asked for a day off.
The couple’s son, Mr Lim, told Stomp: “We did not notice anything unusual. She left the home at about 7am that day. I messaged her in the afternoon as the agency was looking for her. She did not reply but I did not think anything of it at the time.
“When she was not home by about 9pm, my daughter, who was staying over that day, became suspicious. She found the telephone cable had been unplugged from the wall. They then decided to check the safe in my mother’s room which is when they discovered the money and jewellery had gone missing.”
Mr Lim’s mother had kept S$33,000 in cash and several pieces of jewellery in her safe but only found S$8,000 in cash when she checked the safe, along with some of her jewellery.
Revealing that his mother kept the key to the safe in her purse, which is usually left in her bedroom or her kitchen, Mr Lim said: “My parents feel heartbroken and betrayed. Nobody expected this. She was very close to my parents and would hug my mother and help my dad a lot. It was the first time they had ever employed a maid.”
Mr Lim’s brother made a police report shortly after the family discovered that much of the contents in the elderly couple’s safe was missing. The police have confirmed that investigations are ongoing. -/TISG