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A 23-year-old man has been arrested after a residential unit in Jurong was found splashed with paint.
On Dec 1, the police were alerted to a case of loanshark harassment along Ho Ching Road.
Loanshark-related graffiti was scrawled on a wall and paint was found splashed on the door of the residential unit.
Through ground enquiries and with images from police cameras, officers from Jurong Police Division identified the 23-year-old man and arrested him along Jurong West Street 42 on Tuesday (Dec 17).
The police were alerted to another case of loanshark harassment along Choa Chu Kang Avenue 1 on Dec 10.
The door of a residential unit was locked with a bicycle lock and a debtor’s note was left behind.
Through ground enquiries and images from police cameras, officers from Jurong Police Division identified a 33-year-old man and arrested him along Rivervale Crescent on Monday (Dec 16).
Preliminary investigations revealed that they are believed to be involved in other similar cases reported island-wide.
The 33-year-old man will be charged in court on Dec 18 and the 23-year-old man will be charged in court on Dec 19.
First time offenders found guilty of loanshark harassment shall face a fine that is between $5,000 and $50,000, a jail term of up to five years and caning of up to six strokes.
The police have zero tolerance for loanshark harassment activities.
Those who deliberately vandalise properties, cause annoyance and disruptions to public safety, peace and security, will be dealt with severely in accordance with the law.
Members of the public are advised to stay away from loansharks and not work with or assist the loansharks in any way.
The public can call the police at ‘999’ or the X-Ah Long hotline at 1800-924-5664 if they suspect or know of anyone who could be involved in loansharking activities.