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Indian family on holiday in Singapore steal over S$4,000 worth of chocolates, clothes and cosmetics

The family, consisting of a man, his mother and his aunt, came to Singapore on 1 Apr to celebrate the man's birthday and ended up stealing items worth S$4,201.60 from Marks & Spencer and cosmetics from H&M, over the five days they were here

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A family of three from India holidaying in Singapore went on a shoplifting spree and stole over SGD S$4,000 worth of chocolates, clothes, cosmetics and other items from shopping centres at Vivocity, the Marina Bay Sands and ION Orchard before they were caught.

The family, consisting of a man, his mother and his aunt, came to Singapore on 1 Apr to celebrate the man’s birthday and ended up stealing items worth a hefty S$4,201.60 from Marks & Spencer and stealing cosmetics from H&M, over the five days they were here.

The trio began their shoplifting spree on 4 Apr when they entered H&M at ION Orchard and began stealing cosmetics. When no one was looking, the shoplifters stuffed cosmetics into a handbag.

Perhaps emboldened by their escapade, the family went to Marks & Spencer outlet at Vivocity and began stuffing chocolates in a bag. The sales manager at Marks and Spencer made a police report and the police raided the family’s hotel room at Dunlop Street.

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The police arrested the family after finding over 50 boxes and packets of Swiss, Belgian, and Italian chocolates worth about S$400, clothing worth S$650.10, and over 200 cosmetics and accessories worth a hefty S$3,551.50.

24-year-old Abhishek Bipin Bhanushali, a maritime naval academy student studying in Mumbai, pleaded guilty to two counts of shop theft and was jailed for two weeks.

His mother, 43-year-old nurse Darshana Bipin Bhanushali, pleaded guilty to one count of theft and was fined S$4,000. Abhishek’s aunt, 54-year-old housewife Narula Bhakti Raman, was fined S$5,000 after she pleaded guilty to one count of theft.

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