Worker in SG who helped minimart boss use CCTV cameras allegedly caught stealing by same security system

While going through CCTV footage, minimart boss Daniel Tan discovered that another staff member who had been working there since 2017 had also been allegedly stealing from the cash register. — Shin Min Daily News/ST/ANN

SINGAPORE: The owner of a chain of two minimart stores in Singapore, who had installed CCTV security cameras in his shops to deter and catch shoplifters, instead caught two employees allegedly pocketing money from customers.

One of them had even taught him how to use the CCTV cameras to detect shoplifting cases, said Daniel Tan, the owner of the minimarts.

Police confirmed that reports were lodged.

A 52-year-old woman was arrested for suspected theft as a servant, while another 46-year-old woman is assisting with investigations into a case of criminal breach of trust.

Tan, 43, said he was conducting a routine check when he saw in a CCTV recording his worker at Angel Supermart at Block 631, Ang Mo Kio Ave 4, allegedly collecting money from customers and not putting it into the cash register.

The employee, 52, who had been working at the store for a month, was arrested by the police on May 25.

While going through CCTV footage for evidence, Tan said he discovered that another staff member, who had been working at the same store since 2017, had also been allegedly stealing from the store.

According to him, the employee, 46, did not record some transactions in the store’s payment system, despite collecting money from customers.

As she was aware of the CCTV cameras in the store, she purportedly reprinted receipts from other transactions and handed them over to customers, he added. She was detained by the police on May 28.

“It was such good sleight of hand,” said Tan, who explained that he had also installed the CCTV cameras to protect his workers from customers who might try to bully them, in addition to using them for training purposes.

“I’m still reeling from the shock, the betrayal by someone I trusted for six years,” he added.

Tan said that the younger woman had been close with him and other employees at the store, including the store manager.

“We celebrated birthdays, weddings together. She was one of the three or four people we felt were the pillars of the shop, who will help maintain things.

“That’s why we never checked her, because as far as we were concerned, she was trustworthy,” he said.

The incidents, he said, had upset his investors, and sparked arguments between him and his wife.

“She told me I’m always too lenient with the staff. Every now and then, she still snaps at me, and I’m like, ‘Hey I know you’re angry, but I’m the victim here’,” he added. – The Straits Times (Singapore)/Asia News Network

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