GEORGE TOWN - A CCTV footage of a man who vandalised several murals in inner George Town shows that he used a car to go around defacing the murals.
George Town OCPD Asst Comm Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said police had released a picture of the man, who is believed to be a local and in his 20s, wearing a red and blue shirt with white stripes and jeans.
"He is a medium-built man with a slightly dark complexion," he said.
ACP Mior said the footage showed that the man drove through Acheh Street, entered Beach Street and parked in Armenian Street before defacing the murals there.
"The man then drove to Cannon Street and defaced the murals there too," he said at a press conference at the George Town district police headquarters in Jalan Patani here yesterday.
He urged the public with any information regarding the man to come forward to assist the police.
On Aug 19, murals, shophouses and cars in inner George Town were defaced with yellow spray paint.
Among the worst affected was the 'Little Children On A Bicycle' street art in Armenian Street where a bright yellow '#4.0' was sprayed on the painting of the children and some parts of the bicycle.
The art piece, depicting a real bicycle and the images of two children painted to look as if they are riding it, is part of the Mirrors George Town street art project created by artist Ernest Zacharevic for the George Town Festival in 2012.
It has since become a tourist attraction in Penang.
The '#4.0' sign was also spray-painted on the wooden doors of a souvenir shop, several shoplots, restaurants, cars and murals in Armenian Street, Campbell Street and Cannon Street.