Man’s van stolen outside childcare centre within 5 minutes; vehicle recovered 15 hours later containing drugs

When Khristian Kelvin Koh parked his one-month-old van outside a childcare centre last Friday, he never thought it would be stolen in the less than five minutes that he was gone. The 40-year-old, who was taking his two-year-old daughter to My First Skool at Guillemard Crescent, had left his van unlocked with the keys inside, just 3m away from the school’s gate.

After he realized what had happened, Koh immediately made a police report and quickly put up a plea for help on social media, reported The Straits Times. The police said they received a call for assistance along Guillemard Crescent at 7:26am regarding a motor vehicle theft.

He had also left his house keys and home address in the van, and his wife had to take urgent leave to get the locksmith to change the locks.

Luckily for him, just 15 hours later, his vehicle was recovered and three suspects were arrested. What Koh didn’t expect however was that police officers found a small packet of a crystalline substance, suspected to be controlled drugs, as well as a drug-taking utensil in the van.


Man’s van stolen outside childcare centre within 5 minutes; vehicle recovered 15 hours later containing drugs

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It was at 11:15pm that same day that Koh received a call from the police, who notified him that they had his vehicle at Woodlands Checkpoint. At 3:30am, he went over to check his van and found that the thieves had modified the vehicle by changing the license plate and replacing his speakers with their own. The criminals also threw out his personal belongings such as his cash card, RayBan sunglasses and children’s DVDs.

Strangely enough, the thieves actually managed to cover a distance of about 400km in the time they took possession of his van.

According to ST, a statement from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority on Sunday said three Singaporeans —a 23-year-old woman and two men aged 23 and 27 — were arrested at Woodlands Checkpoint around 9:55pm on Friday.

Investigations are ongoing.

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