SINGAPORE: An unemployed man was sentenced to one day in jail and fined $ 1,200 on Monday (November 11) for stealing 12 durians for three days from a booth in Toa Payoh.
Na Buck Nam, 56, pleaded guilty to two counts of theft, with a third charge taken into account.
The court heard that Na had stolen the fruit from a durian stall at Block 186, Toa Payoh Central for three days from July 17. to July 19 last year.
He first stole two durians worth $ 20 at about 12:30 on the first occasion, then five durians valued at $ 50 and another five durians on the third occasion.
A shop assistant at the booth discovered that some durians were missing when he set up shop July 19, 2018.
He was watching a closed-circuit television movie from the booth and discovered that Na had stolen durians by sticking his hand through the tablecloth at the booth at Jul 17.  Advertisement  Advertisement [1.965.900 5] The assistant called the police and said: "My durian was stolen, requires police assistance at the durian stables."
Na was tracked and arrested later that night near a McDonald's restaurant in Toa Payoh. He admitted he stole durians from the stalls and said he had eaten them.
He also admitted that he took the other durians from the booth, which he also claimed to have eaten.
The man has not made any restitution, said State Prosecutor S Krishnan.
For each theft of theft, he could have been jailed for up to seven years and fined.