A TEEN has been caught “red-handed” after allegedly using red paint to scrawl graffiti on areas in Kelso.
The 15-year-old has been charged by police in relation to the incident and has been refused bail to appear before Walgett Children’s Court at a date later this month.
Acting Superintendent Luke Rankin said the alleged malicious damage occurred in the early hours of Monday morning.
“Between 1am and 3am on October 16, graffiti was painted on the footpath and the fence of Kelso High School, and a vehicle parked in Hughes Street, Kelso also had graffiti sprayed on it with red spray paint,” he said.
Supt Rankin said police were interviewing a young person they already had in custody for other matters when they noticed he had red paint all over his hands.
They questioned him about the vandalism and he was charged.
“The teenager was arrested in relation to an alleged break and enter and theft which occurred in Limekilns Road in the early hours of Monday morning,” Supt Rankin said.
“He was arrested by police patrolling the area in response to calls received from the public.”
Supt Rankin said the teen was taken into custody at about 3am.
“He was subsequently charged [with the break and enter matter] and while in custody, police noticed the paint on his hands.
“Later in the morning, the reports came in for the other offences, and he was also charged with those matters.”
Supt Rankin said the boy, from Walgett, was refused bail by police, and fronted Bathurst Local Court on Monday, where he was remanded in custody before his next court appearance.