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