Chinese tourist arrested for stealing $80,000 on Singapore Airlines flight

By Hoang Phong   March 6, 2024 | 11:21 pm PT
Chinese tourist arrested for stealing $80,000 on Singapore Airlines flight
Singapore Airlines planes sit on the tarmac at Changi Airport in Singapore, Nov. 16, 2021. Photo by Reuters
Police officers in Singapore have detained a Chinese man for allegedly stealing over S$107,000 (US$80,000) from a passenger's bag on a flight from Hong Kong to Singapore on Tuesday.

The victim found his cash amounting to approximately S$107,500 in his bag missing after landing at Changi Airport on a Singapore Airlines flight that departed from Hong Kong, Singapore Police Force said in a statement on its website Wednesday.

The victim reported the incident to local police who tracked down flight records to identify the suspect.

Police found Peng Hui, 54, possessing cash of multiple denominations and currencies amounting to S$79,662, The Strait Times reported.

According to police, the man had purportedly made four remittance transactions amounting to S$37,897, believed to be part of the stolen cash, but they halted the transactions.

The man will be charged in court with theft.

Under Singaporean law, those convicted of theft can be jailed for up to three years, fined, or both.

In January, a Chinese man was sentenced to eight months in jail for stealing from three passengers on a Scoot flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Singapore last year.

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