Bank robberies are rare in Singapore, with the last one taking place more than a decade ago.
On Dec 10, 2004, a man armed with a fruit knife walked into a POSB branch at Block 501, West Coast Drive, near closing time and made off with $37,000.
15 July 2016
StanChart bank robbery suspect: Don’t send me to Singapore
Roach is being detained in a room that holds between eight and 10 people and he gets to move about freely within the detention centre, Shin Min quoted sources as saying.
He is allowed to watch TV, exercise and use the phone in the detention centre.
An unnamed law enforcement personnel said that he asked guards of the detention centre not to send him to Singapore, reported Shin Min.
He was heard saying: “Officer, please send me back to Canada, don’t send me back to Singapore.”
The Canadian embassy has provided Roach with a list of lawyers, but is unsure if he has consulted one, reported the daily.
Singapore is in talks with Thai and Canadian authorities to extradite Roach to Singapore, which does not have an extradition treaty with either country, while Thailand has an extradition treaty with Canada.
12 July 2016
Thai media, Nation TV 22, identified the man as 26-year-old David James Roach.
StanChart robbery: Suspect claims not involved in robbery, reports
SINGAPORE: The man suspected of robbing Standard Charted Bank’s Holland Village branch on Jul 7 was making his first visit to Singapore, according to Police Major-General Apichat Suriboonya, who is the head of Interpol Bangkok.
Mr Suriboonya told Channel NewsAsia on Tuesday (Jul 12) that the man, who is from Canada, had been to Thailand “many times”, according to records. The suspect was arrested on Sunday at a hotel in Bangkok’s Pratunam district, he added, and is now in detention in Thailand’s Immigration Department.
When asked about the suspect’s release to Singapore, Mr Suriboonya said he understands Singapore had already sent an extradition request to Thailand’s Attorney General’s Office, and that it is being considered by the Thai prosecutor.
StanChart robbery: Tens of thousands of USD confiscated in suspect’s room, says
The suspect was identified by Thai media outlet, Nation TV 22, as 26-year-old David James Roach. He was arrested at Boxpacker Hostel, and tens of thousands of US dollars were discovered in his room, according to the report.
11 July 2016
Quick work by the Singapore police.
On Thursday, 7 July, he robbed Standard Chartered Bank and flew to Thailand. Did he think he was safe?
No. On Friday, 8 July, Singapore sent the request to extradite him to the Thai embassy in Singapore.
Thai police arrested the Canadian on Sunday, 10 July.
StanChart bank robber nabbed in Bangkok after 72 hours on the run
Major General Apichart, who declined to name the suspect, says the Thai police cancelled his right to stay in Thailand after receiving an arrest warrant from Singapore authorities. He is now being detained at an immigration detention centre in Bangkok.
When Thai police questioned him, “he said nothing” and demanded to meet an officer from the Canadian embassy, Major General Apichart told ST. But it was not possible as it was a Sunday and the embassy was closed.
It is unclear whether an embassy officer has gotten in touch with him but Thai police are seeking to question him more, said the major general.
He was unable to say how long it would take to extradite the suspect, but added “I think it won’t be long”. Singapore sent the request to extradite him to the Thai embassy in Singapore on Friday night. This request needs to pass through Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, then to the Thai attorney-general’s office first before being approved, he said.
8 July 2016
AUSTRALIAN ROBBED SINGAPORE BANK. Holland Village bank robbery: Police on the hunt for Australian suspect http://www.stomp.com.sg/singapore-seen/singapore/holland-village-bank-robbery-police-hunt-australian-suspect …
Holland Village bank robbery: Police on the hunt for Australian suspect
The police are looking for an Australian man who is suspected to have robbed a Standard Chartered Bank branch at Holland Village yesterday.
The suspect is still on the run.
One resident living in Chip Bee Gardens estate across the street told The Straits Times that the police visited his home with a photo of the suspect.
He was described as a Caucasian Australian man, dressed in a grey hoodie and mustard trousers.
#Singapore police hunt bank ‘note’ robber
SINGAPORE: Singapore police said Friday they are hunting a man who managed to steal more than $22,000 from a bank using nothing but a piece of paper.
The suspect, described as caucasian, strolled into a Standard Chartered branch in an expatriate enclave of the city around lunchtime on Thursday and handed staff a note with his demands.
Minutes later, he walked out of the branch with Sg$30,000 ($22,200) in cash, said a source close to the investigation, who asked not to be named.
A police spokesman confirmed the robbery and said no weapon was used, but gave no details of the note’s contents.
7 July 2016
What is he looking for? Part of the loot?
Standard Chartered robbery: Suspect is a Caucasian man wearing grey hoodie & mustard pants http://str.sg/4inU
Standard Chartered robbery: No weapons were used and no injuries reported, say police http://str.sg/4inU
UPDATE: Police confirm robbery case at Standard Chartered bank in Holland Village at 11.25am http://str.sg/4inU
Cordon around StanChart bank at Holland Village extended to HSBC and Park cafe
SINGAPORE: The Standard Chartered branch at Holland Village was closed on Thursday (Jul 7) after a robbery.
Police confirmed that they are investigating a robbery at the bank which took place at 11.25am.
When Channel NewsAsia arrived at the scene at around 2pm, the area was cordoned off and police officers were seen inside the bank.
Police officers were also seen searching for a suspect, said to be a Caucasian male wearing a cap, according to a caller to the Mediacorp hotline.
Eyewitnesses told Channel NewsAsia that as many as 15 police cars were outside the bank after the incident.
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