61-year-old Man Who Stole Three Coca Cola Cans From Minimart Jailed For Six Weeks


On Tuesday, September 13, a jobless man was given a six-week jail term for robbing a convenience store of three Coca-Cola cans.

Jeswindar Singh Dilbara Singh, 61, pleaded guilty to one count of theft.

The court heard that Singh made the decision to steal certain beverages on the morning of August 26 this year while passing a minimart at Block 9, Jalan Rumah Tinggi in Bukit Merah, CNA reported.

“He took three Coca-Cola cans from the refrigerator without paying for them after prying open the door”.


Later that morning, the owner of the shop was preparing for business when his wife noticed that the fridge door was slightly ajar.

The couple watched their closed-circuit television camera footage and saw Singh stealing three cans of Coca-Cola valued at S$3 from the fridge. They later called the police. 

The 61-year-old was identified using police camera footage and he was arrested that same day. The police raided his flat and recovered two cans of Coca-Cola from his fridge. The cans were returned to the minimart.

The third can had already been consumed by Singh, and he did not make any restitution, the prosecutor said.

For the offence of theft, he could have been jailed up to seven years and fined.


When asked by CNA, the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) said Singh is “heavily traced”, with convictions since 1977.

In 1977, he was convicted of house-breaking and fraudulent possession of property.

The AGC listed his more recent convictions as: Theft and voluntarily causing hurt in 2012, theft in dwelling and rash act in 2019 and theft in dwelling in 2020.

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