Man tries to rob pawnshop, flees after chopper breaks

SINGAPORE: A would-be robber hoped to walk away from a Bedok pawnshop with gold jewellery, but ended up fleeing empty-handed after his chopper broke when he tried to smash open a glass display case.

Staff related how the masked man entered ValueMax at Block 213, Bedok North Street 1, at 1.50pm yesterday brandishing the blade, before he swung it on the glass counter.

Although the thick glass counter cracked slightly, it did not break – unlike the man’s weapon, which snapped into two pieces. After picking them up, he fled without taking anything else with him.

Police are investigating the incident.

Employee 66-year-old Choo Yong Chang, said he believed the culprit was in his 40s.

Choo said that while the shop was insured, the staff there had feared that the robber would hack at them with the weapon.

In August last year, a ValueMax pawnshop near Boon Lay MRT station also survived a robbery attempt when 29-year-old Bangla­deshi national Sheikh Md Razan threw an object on the shop’s counter, falsely claiming it was a bomb.

He also failed to steal anything and was arrested five days later. He was later charged with attempted armed robbery. — The Straits Times/Asia News Network

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