Originally created 08/05/98

Yo-yos thefts rising in Singapore

SINGAPORE -- A yo-yo craze in Singapore is contributing to juvenile delinquency.

Thefts of the toys accounted for almost half of all juvenile shoplifting cases in May, an increase from just over a third in April, The New Paper reported Monday.

The Asian economic crisis has hit this affluent island state, and parents who in the past may have indulged their children's requests are now more likely to say no.

Yo-yos, which sell for about $7, have taken Singapore by storm this year in part because of American yo-yo expert Hans Van Dan Elzen, who has put on live demonstrations and shown off yo-yo tricks in television ads.

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