Singapore – Four teens who impersonated police officers and attempted to steal cash from two victims will be charged in court on May 3 (Friday).
On May 1 (Wednesday) at around 6:30 am, the police were informed of an incident involving four teenagers, all aged 17, who posed as police officers to two members of the public at Sentosa Boardwalk.
The young men allegedly asked for the victims’ wallets for identification purposes. When their wallets were returned, about S$390 in cash was missing, reported CNA.
The victims confronted the teens, who in turn ran away. They were later arrested by the police who said that one would be charged with impersonating a public servant while the other three will be charged for assisting the offence. Furthermore, all four teens will be charged with theft with common intention.
The teens could face up to two years in jail with a fine if they are convicted for impersonating a public servant and abetment and another three years with a fine for theft.
The Singapore Police Force on Thursday gave the following statement, “The police would like to remind the public to be vigilant and wary of persons who may impersonate police officers to facilitate the commission of their criminal acts.”
“If in doubt, they should request for the police officer’s warrant card to verify his identity before complying with the instructions of the officer,” the police added.
To verify the authenticity of a warrant card, look for the police crest, the officer’s photo, his name, and NRIC number. When tilted at an angle, the card will reveal a holographic word which says “POLICE” under the officer’s photo.