BY WALTER SIM, Straits Times 24 April 2014

Four boys, aged between nine and 10, were arrested on Tuesday afternoon for their alleged involvement in vandalism in Punggol Field.

The police responded to a call at 2.15pm from a member of the public saying that he had detained four youths, believed to have vandalised a car at a multi-storey car park at Punggol Field Road, it said in a statement on Thursday.

Investigations are ongoing. Preliminary checks have shown that a total of four vehicles, a bicycle, as well as walls and letter-boxes of a neighbouring Housing Board block of flats were spray-painted with various colours. In one case, the "O$P$" call-sign – short for "owe money, pay money" and typical of loan sharks and runners – was spray-painted on a wall, in what may be an attempt at mimicry.

The offence of vandalism carries a maximum punishment of three years in jail or a fine of up to $2,000, and caning of between three and eight strokes. But courts typically usually seek to rehabilitate juvenile offenders, either via probation or detention in a home.

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