On April 24, Mohamad Khalid Mohamad Yusop, 33, outraged many Singaporeans when he vandalised the Cenotaph War Monument at Connaught Drive.
He used a can of red spray paint, writing the word "DEMOCRACY" and a large "X" on the monument.
Inspector Chan Wai Hoong, 40, an investigation officer with the Central Police Division, headed the team that tracked down and arrested Mohamad Khalid.
IDENTIFIED IN DAYS
Inspector Chan received the Minister for Home Affairs Award for Operational Excellence Monday, for this case.
He said: "Within three days of receiving the report, we managed to identify the culprit. With intel, we also pinpointed where he was at the point in time."
It is believed that Mohamad Khalid was watching a movie alone at a cinema in town.
"We were in plainclothes and we set up an ambush outside the building knowing he was there," Inspector Chan told The New Paper.
When Mohamad Khalid was caught, he admitted to the crime and did not resist arrest.
On Aug 26, he was sentenced to three months in jail and three strokes of the cane. He was also ordered to pay $208 for the repair of the monument.
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