Man stole $99k worth of luxury items from ex's home
A 44-YEAR-OLD car salesman broke into his former girlfriend's home and stole 16 luxury handbags and branded accessories worth a total of $99,420, a court heard yesterday.
He wanted to make his former lover angry so that she would contact him and they would be able to talk.
Rowan Wong Tin Heng was jailed for four months after pleading guilty to theft in a home. He initially faced a stiffer charge of housebreaking to commit theft.
A district court heard that some time last year, Wong, a sales consultant at Komoco Motors, ended his relationship with Hoe Huey Miin, 43, an assistant director at Recruit Express, as she was having an affair.
On Aug 5, at about 11.10am, he went to her Mohamed Sultan Road condominium while no one was in.
He entered the premises using duplicate access cards, which he had made while they were still together.
He took four Hermes Birkin handbags, two Hermes Kelly handbags, one Hermes Evelyn handbag, six Hermes bracelets and three Hermes Rodeo charms.
The handbags were worth between $4,100 and $17,000, the bracelets between $870 and $3,150, and the charms $600 and $900.
Wong drove home and kept the items in his room.
Later that day, he threw a pink Hermes Evelyn handbag worth $4,100 at Concorde Hotel's rubbish disposal area.
The next week, he passed all the other items he had stolen to a friend for safekeeping.
Wong lied that he had bought all the items for Ms Hoe while they were together, and that he was taking them back because they had broken up.
Wong also told his friend that he was staying with his wife, and did not want her to find out about the items.
He was arrested on Aug 12, as he was caught on closed-circuit cameras entering Ms Hoe's condominium.
The prosecution asked for five to six months' jail while defence lawyer Anthony Lim asked for a jail term of three to four months.
Mr Lim said the couple "broke up on rather acrimonious terms after (Ms Hoe) started seeing someone else".
Wong has made restitution of $4,000 to Ms Hoe for the handbag that he threw away.
She got back the remaining items.