Husband and wife previously convicted of theft plead guilty to stealing 6 boxes of abalone from Cold Storage

SINGAPORE: A couple who have previous robbery convictions pleaded guilty on Tuesday (February 22) to stealing six boxes of abalone from Cold Storage in January last year.

The husband, Enver Druce Ernest, 65, was sentenced to one week in jail for one count of theft with common intent. His wife, 59-year-old Becky Low Yoke Lin, will be assessed to see if she is fit for a mandatory treatment order and will return to court next month for sentencing.

The court heard that Enver was a general manager at the time, while Low was a housewife. They went to Cold Storage at Cluny Court at 501 Bukit Timah Road on the evening of January 8, 2021.

As they browsed the shelves, Enver picked up a few items and placed them in a basket. However, when they came to a shelf displaying boxes of abalone, Low said she wanted to give some to her mother.

The couple then decided to steal the abalone boxes. Enver took six boxes of Australian Skylight abalone worth S$55 each, worth a total of S$330, and put them in his basket.

Later, he passed the basket to his wife, who transferred the boxes of abalone to a bag she had.

Low then left the supermarket with the cans in her bag, without paying for them. Her husband put the other items in the basket back on the shelves and left the supermarket.

The couple then returned home with the stolen abalone.

Their actions were caught on the supermarket’s CCTV cameras and the store manager filed a police report.

The police identified the couple and arrested them at their home. They searched the house and found the six boxes of abalones in a cupboard. The cans were taken back to the supermarket.

The court heard that Low and her husband had previous convictions for theft. Low was convicted of two counts of theft in 2009 and fined S$3,000, while Enver was fined in 1975 for theft and again in 2009 for theft with common intent.

The couple’s attorney requested a report assessing Low’s suitability for a mandatory treatment order. He said Low suffered from depression and prolonged grief after the death of his sister in 2018.

He also cited a psychiatric report indicating that Low meets the criteria for kleptomania. She continues to attend follow-up appointments for psychotherapy and psychiatric consultations, the lawyer said.

Low is the sole caregiver for his 83-year-old mother, he added.

As for Enver, he has worked in the oil and gas industry for 20 years but is currently looking for a job after his last contract ended in December.

He is pleading for a second chance to change his life and rebuild his family with dignity, the lawyer said.

For theft, he could have been imprisoned for up to seven years and fined.

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