Jailed: Bangladeshi overstayer who tried to rob pawnshop with fake bomb belt, disguised in Sikh turban
SINGAPORE — A former construction worker who overstayed in the country and found it hard to get by decided to commit an elaborate robbery, a court heard.
Sheikh Md Razan, a 30-year-old Bangladeshi, spent an hour making a fake bomb belt and took up to one-and-a-half hours constructing a fake gun.
He also disguised himself with a Sikh turban.
At the State Courts on Monday (30), Razan was jailed for three-and-a-half years with 18 strokes of the cane.
He pleaded guilty to attempted armed robbery, exhibiting imitation weapons, overstaying for 236 days, having a forged work permit and using a forged work permit.
3 August 2018
SINGAPORE — A 29-year-old former construction worker accused of attempting to rob a pawnshop outside Boon Lay MRT Station, then threatening to blow it up, was charged in court on Friday (Aug 3).
Bangladeshi national Sheikh Md Razan, who has been an overstayer since December last year, faces one charge each of attempted armed robbery and exhibiting an imitation firearm.
Court documents showed that he committed the alleged botched robbery on Saturday (July 28) at 4.33pm.
He is said to have put the ValueMax pawnshop’s branch manager, Mr Ng Yah Ching, 48, in fear of bodily hurt by being armed with a cleaver with a 21cm-long blade while trying to rob the pawnshop. He also allegedly showed Mr Ng a black gun-like object.
2 August 2018
It was the discovery of a backpack belonging to the suspect involved in Saturday (28 July) afternoon’s attempted robbery of a pawn shop outside Boon Lay MRT station that helped expedite the latter’s arrest.
At a press conference on Thursday, police said that the suspect – a 29-year-old Bangladeshi man – had dumped the backpack, which contained the clothes and items he used during the crime, behind a potted plant at a Jurong West HDB block. The backpack was found several hours after the incident by a resident, who then made a police report.
Through follow-up investigations and with the aid of police camera images, officers from across three units and six land divisions were able to establish the suspect’s identity and he was subsequently arrested along Muscat Street at about 7pm on Wednesday.
The suspect was a construction worker who had been an overstayer since December last year. While CCTV footage from the shop showed the suspect wearing a pink turban during the attempted robbery, police said that he had donned it as part of a disguise.
Police are still searching for the replica gun used by the suspect during the attempted robbery, which the suspect claimed he had made from spare plastic parts.
SINGAPORE – Thanks to an alert resident who noticed a backpack hidden behind several potted plants, an armed robbery suspect who threatened to blow up a pawnshop outside Boon Lay MRT station last Saturday (July 28) was arrested after a five-day manhunt.
The suspect, a 29-year-old Bangladeshi man, was arrested in Kampong Glam’s Muscat Street, where he was living, on Wednesday.
The man has been an overstayer since last December, and was previously a construction worker, said the police at a press conference on Thursday morning.
After the foiled robbery attempt, the suspect allegedly fled to a Housing Board flat in Jurong West and disposed of his clothing and turban, which was used as part of his disguise.
The items, along with a chopper, were found in a backpack behind potted plants outside a resident’s unit. A few hours later, the resident spotted the bag and called the police.
Following the lead provided by the resident, police were able to identify the man through police cameras at the HDB flat.
The robbery attempt led to one of the MRT station exits being closed temporarily. MRT trains also bypassed Boon Lay station.
The man was arrested on Wednesday at about 7pm.
29 July 2018
SINGAPORE — With a knife and gun believed to be a replica, a man ordered staff at the ValueMax pawnshop outside Boon Lay MRT Station to hand over cash and jewellery on Saturday (July 28), threatening to blow up the store when they refused.
The botched robbery attempt closed off a section fronting the train station for more than five hours, and police are still searching for the man.
Earlier in the day, the police said in a Facebook post at about 5.30pm that they were dealing with “an incident” at Boon Lay MRT Station and one of the exits was shut to facilitate investigations. But in an update shortly after 6pm, the police said they conducted checks on a “suspicious object” and found nothing incriminating, and the affected exit had reopened. MRT operations were unaffected.
The police said on Saturday night that the man — who turned up at the pawnshop at about 4.30pm and was last seen wearing a pink turban, blue jacket and long brown pants — allegedly threatened to blow up the pawnshop with what he claimed was an “explosive device” after the employees refused his demands.
He then flung the object on the pawnshop’s counter and fled without making off with any item.