A 36-year-old man was arrested at Merpati Road in Geylang on Monday (Apr 27) on suspicion of impersonating a police officer.
In a news release on Tuesday, police said several reports have been lodged against a man acting as a plainclothes policeman since October last year. He also allegedly stole from women while posing as an officer.
Police said cash, jewellery and handphones amounting to more than S$2,500 were stolen. The suspect had allegedly approached female victims at isolated locations and flashed a card bearing a police logo with his photo. He would then check on the unsuspecting victims’ belongings and steal their valuables.
The cases took place at HDB estates in Sims Drive, Geylang East and Aljunied Crescent.
The suspect will be charged in Court on Wednesday. If found guilty for cheating by personation, he could be jailed for up to two years. If convicted of theft, he could face up to three years’ jail.
The Singapore Police Force said that when approached by police officers, members of the public should always request for the police officer’s warrant card to verify his identity before complying with instructions. A genuine warrant card will have identification features such as the police crest, the photo of the officer, his name and NRIC number.