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Gotta Catch ’Em All: Man arrested after getting caught with 500 stolen Pokémon cards

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SINGAPORE: An unnamed 22-year-old man was arrested by the Singapore Police Force after being found with about 500 Pokémon cards that did not belong to him.

The Police believe that the man took the cards from different shops in the vicinity of Paya Lebar and Clementi.

They added that he would be charged in court on Tuesday (Aug 8) with theft in dwelling under Section 380 of the Penal Code 1871 and fraudulent possession of property under Section 35(1) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act 1906.

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The Police first learned of the man’s incidents of thievery in May, when they received a number of reports from victims regarding four different cases of theft in dwelling, as boxes of Pokémon cards had been taken from the Paya Lebar and Clementi shops.

A call for assistance was then received by the Police when one victim reported on May 9 that the man who had stolen the Pokémon cards was again in one of the shops where the pilfering had taken place.

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The Police found an unopened box of Pokémon cards that did not belong to the man in his possession.

“Through ground enquiries and with the aid of images from CCTV cameras, officers from Bedok Police Division established the man to be allegedly involved in three other cases of theft in dwelling that happened on 2 May 2023, 4 May 2023 and 8 May 2023, and he was subsequently arrested.

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About 500 Pokémon cards were seized as case exhibits,” said the Police in a Facebook post earlier this week.

Whoever commits theft in any building, tent or vessel, which building, tent or vessel is used as a human dwelling, or for the custody of property, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 7 years, and shall also be liable to fine,” the Penal Code says. /TISG

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