Five teens nabbed by police for vandalism at roof-top of Toa Payoh HDB block

Police have arrested five 17-year old youths for suspected involvement in a case of vandalism that had occurred at Blk 85A Lorong 4 Toa Payoh. They arrive at the State Courts on May 10, 2014, to be charged. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Police have arrested five 17-year old youths for suspected involvement in a case of vandalism that had occurred at Blk 85A Lorong 4 Toa Payoh. They arrive at the State Courts on May 10, 2014, to be charged. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Police have arrested five 17-year old youths for suspected involvement in a case of vandalism that had occurred at Blk 85A Lorong 4 Toa Payoh. They arrive at the State Courts on May 10, 2014, to be charged. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Police have arrested five 17-year old youths for suspected involvement in a case of vandalism that had occurred at Blk 85A Lorong 4 Toa Payoh. They arrive at the State Courts on May 10, 2014, to be charged. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Police have arrested five 17-year old youths for suspected involvement in a case of vandalism that had occurred at Blk 85A Lorong 4 Toa Payoh. They arrive at the State Courts on May 10, 2014, to be charged. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Police have arrested five 17-year old youths for suspected involvement in a case of vandalism that had occurred at Blk 85A Lorong 4 Toa Payoh. They arrive at the State Courts on May 10, 2014, to be charged. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

The police on Friday arrested five teenagers in connection with the high-rise vandalism at the rooftop of a Toa Payoh HDB block - just two days after their alleged act of graffiti was spotted by residents.

The suspects, all 17-year-olds, are now facing charges of vandalism with common intention for the incident at Block 85A, Lorong 4 Toa Payoh, said a police spokesman on Saturday.

The five were seen being brought to the State Courts on Saturday morning. If convicted, the boys could each be jailed for up to three years or fined up to $2,000, and receive at least three strokes of the cane.

The vandalism involved graffiti painted on the wall at the roof of the 22-storey block with expletives seemingly directed at the People's Action Party and the police.

After police received a call about the case on Wednesday at 6.47am, officers from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and Tanglin Police Division sprang into action and managed to track down the five suspects two days later.

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