Man Alleges He Was Hit & Punched By Suspected Bike Thief In Paya Lebar
Singapore is often praised as a safe country to live in. However, low crime doesn’t mean no crime, and there will still be a few culprits who cannot resist the temptation to steal.
This was, unfortunately, the case for one suspected bike thief in Paya Lebar.
When the bike owner later confronted him, the suspect allegedly physically assaulted him, leaving bruises.
The owner lodged a report and said that police are now searching for the suspect.
Man leaves bike unlocked at Paya Lebar Quarter
On 22 May, Facebook user Clement Chong shared his unfortunate experience with an alleged bicycle thief.
That morning, he left his bike unlocked at the entrance of Paya Lebar Quarter before heading into the mall to collect his food delivery order.
However, he returned 10 minutes later to find that his bike was missing.
He was left with no choice but to complete the delivery on foot as it was “an ice cream order”. Fortunately, the customer was nearby.
Mr Chong later went back to search for his bike. He eventually found it in front of the MOS Burger outlet at Paya Lebar Square.
Owner confronts bike thief outside Paya Lebar Square
He then noticed someone else’s phone attached to the phone holder. He decided to wait for the culprit to show up so that he could confront them.
Their meeting did not go well.
Mr Chong claimed that the culprit gave him all kinds of “funny reasons” for taking his bike, such as “he was tired” and had “not enough sleep”, so he wanted to use Mr Chong’s bike “to go home”.
He eventually apologised to Mr Chong and took his phone from the holder attached to the bike.
At this point, Mr Chong wrote that he wanted to let the issue slide. However, he discovered that the culprit had been stealing other riders’ food as well.
Mr Chong ultimately decided to file a police report and asked the culprit to “surrender the food back to the restaurant”. While following the thief to return the food, he asked him why he stole his bike again.
Things soon turned hostile as the thief allegedly began scolding Mr Chong with “bad words” in Malay.