Man breaks into ex-girlfriend's flat to steal valuables for more than a year

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closeup of locksmith hands using pick tools to open locked door
Locksmith using pick tools to open locked door. (FILE PHOTO: Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — He broke into into the house of his ex-girlfriend, whom he had met through Tinder, to steal valuables in order to pay off his debts.

Even after the ex-girlfriend, 23, changed the locks to her house, Moreno Nino Jusner Jashua Taguibao managed to get a locksmith to dismantle the padlock after having shown a forged address.

Moreno, a 27-year-old Filipino, was jailed one year and 10 months on Tuesday (3 August) after he pleaded guilty to one count each of housebreaking to commit theft and forgery for the purpose of cheating. Another two counts of a similar nature were considered for his sentencing.

The victim and Moreno began dating after they met in 2015 on the dating application Tinder. Three years later, Moreno moved in with the woman, who gave him a set of keys to her unit. When they broke up in September 2019, Moreno returned the set of keys. The woman was not aware that Moreno had duplicated the keys for himself.

In January last year, Moreno borrowed money from a licensed moneylender. When he was unable to pay his debts, he resorted to breaking into his ex-girlfriend's unit. He did so on at least nine occasions between 3 February 2020 and 21 January this year to steal $12,500 in cash and jewellery, which he pawned for $27,746 at pawnshops islandwide. 

On 18 March this year, just before heading to the woman’s unit for the same purpose, Moreno had a feeling that his ex-girlfriend might have changed the locks to the unit.

In the event that he needed to call a locksmith and prove his address, he took a screenshot of a police report and edited the address to reflect the woman’s address by using an Adobe software. He then saved the photos on his mobile phone, intending to use it as proof.

Close to noon, as Morena reached the woman’s residence, he found out that the woman had indeed changed the locks. He then contacted a locksmith and showed him the forged police report. The locksmith broke open the locks of the gate and door and Moreno paid him.

At about 12.11pm, the woman, who was at work, called the police saying that her neighbour had filmed Moreno getting a locksmith to break her locks.

Housebreaking in order to commit any theft carries a jail term of up to 10 years, and a fine. Forgery for the purpose of cheating carries a jail term of up to 10 years, and a fine. 

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