Indian-origin man charged with Singapore petrol pump robbery

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Singapore, Aug 2 (IANS) A 48-year-old man of Indian origin was charged on Wednesday for robbing a petrol station here at knifepoint in broad daylight, the first such incident in 10 years, police said on Wednesday.

Visvanathan Vadivelu allegedly robbed a Shell outlet in Upper Bukit Timah Road of $1,193 Singapore dollars ($877) in cash on Monday and fled on a scooter, the Strait Times reported.

He threatened an employee at the petrol kiosk with a kitchen knife and ordered her to place money from the cash register in a plastic bag, the report said. Vadivelu was wearing a helmet, a pair of sunglasses and gloves at the time of robbery, said police officials.

Vadivelu was later arrested and charged with committing armed robbery.

About $500 in cash, bank receipts and a scooter were seized by the police. If found guilty, Vadivelu faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail and at least 12 strokes of caning.

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He was remanded without bail and his next hearing will be held next week. On Tuesday, another armed robbery took place at a Western Union branch in Ubi.



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