Singapore — For those of us short on cash and want to buy stuff, we just go window shopping. A mum and daughter duo however had another plan in mind.
Forming an uncanny duo, Fong Leok Moy (68) and her daughter Wong Phuay Yee (41) went on a shopping spree at Orchard Road last Oct 22, 2017.
After their two-hour spree, the duo ended up with a loot consisting of two pairs of Havaianas slippers, five pairs of workout shorts from Cotton On, 24 pairs of panties and a sports bra from Victoria’s Secret.
They also pocketed a box of Castella cake from Paris Baguette Café in Wisma Atria, dessert from Iroha Mart at Plaza Singapura, two fruit peelers from Muji, four bars of soap from L’Occitane store in Ngee Ann City, a candle holder from Bath & Body Works in Takashimaya, and two pairs of footwear from FitFlop at Wisma Atria.
A shop attendant at FitFlop identified the duo who apparently stole from the same shop a week prior. He then alerted the police.
Police recovered several stolen items from the duo who admitted to their crimes.
Fong and Wong were revealed to have been previously convicted of shoplifting in 2016 according to a report by Today.
They were ordered to undergo three months counselling and rehabilitation to “realise the seriousness of theft.” They were not given a criminal record for their initial offences.
Now, the mum and daughter duo face 10 days of jail for pleading guilty to three counts of theft.
The defence lawyer explained that Fong was having trouble with her husband and had been seeking psychiatric and psychological treatment, but she and her daughter were “unable to cope” with the depression and stress they felt. -/TISG