SINGAPORE – Nine men have been arrested for stealing scrap metal off a shifting barge close to Kusu Island.
The men, aged between 30 and 42, had been caught by the Police Coast Guard (PCG) on Tuesday night time (April 19) at about 10.30pm after PCG detected a suspicious sampan, or rowboat, travelling alongside a shifting barge.
The barge was being towed by a foreign-registered tugboat within the waters close to Kusu Island.
The police mentioned in a launch on Wednesday night time that PCG patrol assets instantly responded and intercepted the suspicious sampan.
Eight men had been discovered on board the barge. Two of them had been hiding.
They are mentioned to haven’t had any legitimate journey paperwork with them.
Preliminary investigations discovered that one of many crew from the tugboat had allegedly conspired with the eight men to trespass on board the barge to steal the scrap metal.
He was arrested with the eight men, who’re believed to have entered Singapore illegally.
The sampan, some scrap metal and a knife had been seized.
The 9 men might be charged in courtroom on Thursday for theft in dwelling, an offence that carries a punishment of as much as seven years’ imprisonment and a high-quality.
For illegal entry into Singapore, offenders face a jail time period of as much as six months and a minimal of three strokes of the cane.
“The PCG will continue to take firm action against offenders to safeguard our territorial waters and sea borders against crime and security threats,” mentioned the police.