Singapore charges 11 men over oil theft

Singapore police have arrested 17 men and charged 11 suspected of involvement in the theft of oil from a large Shell refinery in the region. A small oil tanker and millions of dollars were also seized.

Royal Dutch Shell first reported the theft to authorities last August, said in a news release that the 17 arrests included “a limited number of Shell employees” from the Bukom facility. Nine Singaporeans were charged over the theft of oil and two Vietnamese nationals were charged with receiving stolen goods. Police said six people who had not been charged so far were still under investigation.

Bukom is the largest wholly owned Shell refinery in the world in terms of crude distillation capacity.