Singapore – During the last two months, several vegetable stalls at the Marine Terrace Market have been experiencing some loss in sales not due to a dwindling clientele but because of some sneaky hands grabbing their hard-earned money right out of their cash boxes.
One stall that is operated by 3 brothers has experienced this magic act of their cash disappearing at least 5 times in the last 8 weeks. In hopes of catching the thief, the owners have set up CCTV cameras at the stall. Based on their reports, the show happens between 8 am and 10 am which just so happens to be the busiest time for a vegetable vendor in a market. They believe that the thief maximizes this opportunity and attacks when the owners are busy tending to customers.
It just so happens that the brothers have a designated basket in which they individually put their sales into and that basket served as the target of the thief. Around $100-$200 were stolen at a time making them lose around $1000 in total.
Another stall, owned by a couple, have also shared their experiences with this robber. It was only last Thursday (Dec. 13) that they were surprised to see their money container empty when it should have more than $1000 in it.
Stall owners are learning and becoming more vigilant which is why others are keeping their cash in fanny packs that they always have on with them.
The suspect? It was only yesterday, December 19, that police have arrested a 64-year old woman who is suspected to be the culprit related to the recent events. Investigations are currently being held by the police regarding this case.
Leave it to the Internet to garner very diverse views and opinions such as that of Lee Chee Seng who thinks that the stolen money should just be considered charity in this case, given that the culprit was a senior citizen.