SINGAPORE: A 36-year-old man on Monday (April 1) admitted he was stealing more than $ 1,000 s of toys from "R" Toys to his children.
Kwok Woei Jie, who was unemployed at the time, stole toys including Lego set, NERF toy gun and Grab Monopoly Cash sets of Toys "R" Us over three days in January.
He pleaded guilty on Monday to three charges of theft, and consideration was given to the fourth charge.
The court heard that Kwok had stolen a $ 279.99 Porsche 911 Lego and S $ 529.99 Gundam Astray Red Frame Kai set of Toys "R" Us outlet at Waterway Point Punggol on January 9, 2019.
She returned to the same shop a few weeks later on January 21, where she placed three toys worth a total S S $ 300 in a plastic bag and left her without paying for them. The shop manager, however, observed him and followed him outside where he kept him and escorted her back to the shop.
The manager then recalled the items and called the police. After this, Kwok acknowledged his previous visits to the shop and checked CCTV footage, where he realized that Kwok had stolen items on 9 January.
Four days later, Kwok stole from various Toys "R" Us, this time at the City Square center in Kitchener Road.
It took four toys worth a total of S $ 100, hiding them in his pockets, but paid for two bottled drinks.
The shop manager in this shop realized that Kwok looked familiar and checked a group conversation on his phone for the different shops.
He then realized that Kwok had recently been arrested for stealing from the Waterway Point outlet, and kept outside the shop when he left, restoring the stolen toys.
In court on Monday, Kwok, who was unrepresented, said he had stolen the toys for his two children, who are now Primary 1 and Primary 3 pupils.
He was unemployed at the time, he said, and now makes money distributing midnight goods. His wife does not work and his wife is house.
"I admit to what I've done," he said. "I didn't intend to sell them for money."
It will return to court for relief and sentencing this Friday. For every account of theft in a dwelling, it can be imprisoned for up to seven years and fined.