The knife-wielding robber who made off with several hundreds of dollars from a Western Union branch last August was sentenced to jail for four years and nine months on Wednesday (May 2).
In that not so recent episode of money heist, Hashim Hamzah, 58, entered the Western Union branch at Block 301, Ubi Avenue 1, in a helmet and a mask.
With a knife in hand, Hashim demanded for money and ordered the female employee, who had been working alone then, not to shout.
He reportedly snagged about $4,000 in a bag but in his fluster, he dropped the bulk of the money he made away with, leaving him with only $654, as he escaped from the scene on a bicycle.
After an extensive three-day manhunt and analysis of CCTV footages, the police apprehended the suspect.
Their investigations revealed that after the suspect had made away with the money, he proceeded to the UK Credit branch at Blk 210 Bedok North to repay a loan of S$400.
In his statement, Hashim also confessed that he spent the remainder of the loot on food, drinks, cigarettes, 4D tickets and heroin. He was eventually left with $34.30.
The 58-year-old was convicted of armed robbery and possession of heroin. Anyone convicted of armed robbery faces a jail term of between two and 10 years and up to 12 strokes of the cane.
Well, if anyone decides to rob a bank in the future, at least plan it like Michael Scofield or El Profesor. Though I may be no economist, but the opportunity cost for that mere hundreds of dollars seems to be too high a price to pay.