Man arrested for, ahem, allegedly stealing 18 gallons of cough syrup in Bedok

Photo: Singapore Police Force
Photo: Singapore Police Force

A 45-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly stealing cough syrup from several clinics located on Bedok North Street 1 and Bedok Road.

We’re talking gallons of the stuff.

According to the Singapore Police Force, officers received a report at 4:19pm on Tuesday about the suspicious activity of an unidentified man, who they located and arrested on the same day.

When police found the stolen goods, they discovered that he had managed to steal as much as 18 gallons of cough syrup from those clinics.

Photo: Singapore Police Force
Photo: Singapore Police Force

Based on the photos released by the cops, it seemed like the syrup was being repacked into smaller bottles. It’s not yet known how the stolen cough syrup was intended to be used. One can only speculate — perhaps he wanted to sell them off and turn a profit, like dime bags of cold medicine. Maybe the plans were more nefarious than that — cough syrup is known to produce dissociative effects when ingested in high volumes, after all.

The man will be charged today for committing theft. If found guilty, he could be imprisoned for as long as seven years or be charged a hefty fine. He could also get both punishments.

He’s also being investigated for a separate crime by the Health Sciences Authority, for possible infraction of the Prohibitions Against Supply of Unregistered Health Products under Section 15(1) of the Health Products Act. If convicted of that charge, he could be imprisoned for up to two years, fined $50,00, or both.

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