Five girls from an elite private school have been arrested for shoplifting at a lingerie store during a netball trip to Singapore.
The 10-year-old students of Bacchus Marsh Grammar, with a main campus 60km northwest of Melbourne, are accused of stealing items from a Victoria’s Secret store and Croc shoes.
Two other girls from the school that costs $13,000 a year were also questioned by police in the Southeast Asian country but were not arrested.
Five girls from an elite private school have been arrested for shoplifting at a lingerie store during a netball trip to Singapore (stock image)
The girls were accused of stealing items from a Victoria’s Secret lingerie store (Singapore outlet pictured)
A source told the Herald Sun the girls spent 10 hours in jail and were not allowed to return to their hotel until 3:30 am.
“They traveled back and forth from the police station and their accommodation,” said the source close to the school.
The person added the group with “Okay,” but is scared and distraught.
“The girls are all very, very sad,” the source said.
“They are broken, including those who attended the trip but were not involved in the incident.”
The Southeast Asian city-state of Singapore (pictured) is known for its strict laws and penalties
Bacchus Marsh Grammar
Bacchus Marsh Grammar Principal Andrew Neal said the school is investigating what happened.
He is said to have mentioned the incident in a school meeting, but says he will not make a public statement until he is sure of what happened.
Singapore is known for its strict laws, which can carry both corporal punishment and the death penalty, plus a wide range of fines, even for offenses such as chewing gum or spitting on the sidewalk.
The maximum sentence for shoplifting is three years behind bars.
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