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Singapore’s worsening poverty just saw three high profile armed robberies in two months, and with two happening on two consecutive days. On Monday (Jul 31), a 48-year-old Singaporean armed himself with a knife and robbed a Shell petrol station at 219 Upper Bukit Timah Road. The unnamed Singaporean took off with more than S$1,100 in cash by ordering the petrol station’s cashier to empty the counter’s cash into a plastic bag. The Singaporean robber was caught later in the day during afternoon.

On Tuesday (Aug 1), an unidentified man wearing a helmet weld a knife and robbed a Western Union branch in similar fashion. The robber who wore a helmet took off with more than S$2,200, escaping the scene via foot. The Singapore Police has not found the culprit yet.

On Jun 22, a case of armed robbery was committed by a 16-year-old Singaporean at Yishun Ave 5. The juvenile robber robbed a 7-Eleven store at night with a knife and made off with S$230 in cash. He was caught two days later.

Singapore’s poverty is increasing due to the worsening economy and the depression of salaries. Unemployment rate is currently at an 8-year-high, and there has been numerous statistical reports of poverty including a recent studying revealing a 20% increase in suicide rate. Armed robberies are especially rare in Singapore, occurring as few as once every ten years according to the propaganda state media.