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11 charged over multi-million dollar Shell oil heist in Singapore

Staff Writer |
Nine Singaporeans and two Vietnamese men were charged over their alleged involvement in stealing fuel from Shell's Pulau Bukom refinery.

According to court documents, there were three incidents of gasoil theft - in November 2017, and on January 5 and January 7 this year. About 4,384 metric tonnes of gasoil, valued at S$2.4 million, were stolen from Shell's biggest refinery.

The 11 suspects, aged between 30 and 63, were among 17 men arrested on Sunday in a joint operation by officers from the Criminal Investigation Department, Police Intelligence Department and Police Coast Guard.

Cash totalling S$3.05 million and a tanker weighing 12,000 tonnes were seized.

Court documents state that 1,260 metric tonnes of fuel were transferred from Pulau Bukom to a Panama-registered tanker named Prime South. The tanker was due to head to Vietnam, according to vessel monitoring sites Vessel Finder and Marine Traffic.

The two Vietnamese men – Dang Van Hanh, 37, and Nguyen Duc Quang, 46 – were charged for allegedly receiving the 1,260 metric tonnes of stolen fuel worth S$687,960 on Jan 7. They face up to five years’ jail and a fine if they are convicted.

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