Couple takes baby to supermarket, steals 90 bottles of liquor and hides in stroller


A couple with a baby reportedly stole 90 bottles of liquor worth over $11,000 and two cans of milk powder from various supermarkets in Jurong West over 12 days. They pleaded guilty on 14 February.

Shin Min Daily News reported that the couple were Chi Kaiyang (literal translation), 26, and Xie Shule (literal translation), 27. His wife, Xie, faced 10 charges. She pleaded guilty to four charges on Wednesday, including three counts of theft and one count of harassment. The remaining charges will be taken into consideration by the judge when sentencing.

Chi, the husband, on the other hand, faced 16 charges including theft, dishonesty, and intentional injury. His trial is still in the pre-trial conference stage.

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The couple had allegedly stolen the bottles of liquor and two cans of milk powder from different supermarkets in Jurong West, between 14 March and 25 March 2021. A total of 90 bottles of various types of liquor, including Japanese whiskey Suntory Hakushu, Scotch whiskey Johnnie Walker Black, French Hennessy Cognac X.O, etc., with a total value of approximately $11,102 were stolen.

They also stole two cans of milk powder worth $129.

Reportedly, the two would go to the supermarket with their child in the stroller, and they would then put bottles of liquor into the stroller and leave the supermarket without paying and act as if nothing had happened.

The couple were able to leave without getting caught until they tried to steal milk powder on 25 March, when they were spotted by a supermarket staff.

The couple were arrested on 25 March 2021.

During her interrogation, Xie reportedly kicked a chair in the office, which injured a female security officer, and used vulgarities.

Under section 380 of the Penal Code, if convicted, the couple could face up to imprisonment of up to 7 years and a fine. Under the Protection from Harassment Act (POHA), those found guilty of harassment or verbal violence against others may be fined up to $5,000, jailed for up to six months, or both.

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