Hong Leong Building, Singapore. Photo: Google Maps

A 55-year-old Hong Kong man was jailed for four years and three months by a court in Singapore on Thursday after he pleaded guilty to four charges related to breaking and entering.

Between 2006 and 2015, Tsang Wing-ming, who had been an illegal hawker in the past, broke into at least four offices and made off with a total of S$93,000 (US$67,200) in cash and valuables, The Straits Times reported.

In the late evening on September 18, 2011, Tsang took S$500 from the office of Chia Khim Lee Food Industries. He also opened a safe but found no money inside.

In September 2013, he broke into the office of Osaka Agency through a window and stole S$4,142 and 120,000 Japanese yen (US$1,050). He also illegally entered Sut Lick Trading next door. No valuables were taken but he left a screwdriver near a safe at the site.

On August 7, 2015, Tsang broke into the office of Deepak Packaging in the Hong Leong Building and took S$33,933 from a safe.

On December 7 last year, Tsang was arrested. The DNA in his blood sample matched that founded at the burglary sites.

District Judge Jasvender Kaur refused to hand down a light sentence, saying Tsang had intentionally come to Singapore to commit crimes.

In Singapore, the maximum penalty for housebreaking and theft by night is a 14-year jail term.

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