A Singaporean court has jailed five Vietnamese tourists for stealing over 17,000 Singapore dollars (US$12,400) worth of clothes at a shopping mall last January.
Dinh Ngoc Luan, 27, got 31 months for masterminding the scheme while his four accomplices, aged between 25 and 28, got 28 months each, Channel News Asia reported.
They arrived in Singapore via Malaysia on Jan 27 and went to the ION Orchard shopping mall to steal clothes from H&M and Zara store the next day.
Three of them were caught red-handed by police officers patrolling the shopping mall, while the other two were caught while attempting to leave Singapore via the Woodlands Checkpoint.
Channel News Asia quoted deputy public prosecutor Sivabalan Thanabal as saying the group had come to Singapore “specifically with the intent to commit shoplifting”.
The stealing was well-planned, he said, noting that the group had managed to steal the clothing in less than 48 hours after arriving in Singapore.