A man in Singapore has admitted to openly flouting the city-state’s Circuit Beaker, which was put in place to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, in an attempt to steal underwear.
In court proceedings, 39-year-old Lee Chee Kin pleaded guilty to 10 theft charges, criminal trespass, breaching Circuit Breaker measures, and unauthorized access to computer materials.
Lee’s underwear escapades date all the way back to April 2018.
In a span of two years from April 2018 to April 2020, Lee had stolen underwear on at least 30 different occasions.
He was even arrested last year, following police raids on his home that found 106 bras and 46 pairs of panties. Unsurprisingly, the owners of the underwear didn’t want their stuff back.
Between February and March 2019, he repeatedly invaded one home (four times to be exact) and stole 12 bras and 12 pairs of panties worth S$1,000 (US$705) from the backyard. All he had to do was climb over the home’s back fence. Creepy.
But on April 15, roughly a week and a half into Singapore’s Circuit Breaker, Lee had a hankering for more underwear while out on bail.
It was the early morning. Lee probably thought it would be easier to nab some underwear from a poor victim’s backyard without being seen.
Circuit Breaker rules dictate that people should only be out for essential reasons, none of which Lee had. To make things worse for himself, he didn’t even have a mask on.
But before he could run off with his loot, he was spotted by the homeowner and arrested. He later admitted to leaving his home without a good reason while also failing to wear a mask in public.
In court on May 18, Deputy Public Prosecutor Kwang Jia Min revealed that Lee had meticulously selected the underwear “based on their appearance”.
“The accused used the stolen bras and panties for his own sexual gratification,” said Kwang.
Kwang also added that the prosecution was unsure whether Lee’s fetish could be considered a proper psychiatric condition, and whether it could have influenced his crime.
Sentencing will be carried out on a later date.
Lee faces a jail term of three months, a fine of S$500 (US$352), or both for criminal trespass. He could also be slapped with up to three years in jail for theft, along with other fines.
In terms of Circuit Breaker violations, Lee could also face up to six months in jail, a S$10,000 (US$7,057) fine, or both.
I guess that’s one underwear bandit off the streets?
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