Police give alleged Kuta street thieves exhibition of shame at Bali Bombing Memorial

In a bid to discourage theft on the streets of Kuta, police in Bali yesterday determined to exhibit 5 alleged thieves who have been not too long ago apprehended for stealing valuables, largely telephones, from foreigners.

The 5 suspects who have been exhibited by the Denpasar Police on the Bali Bombing Memorial on Legian Avenue yesterday have been recognized by their initials IGE (32), IKR (30), IWJ (25), IKB (25), and IWG (26). All are residents of Karangasem and have been accused of theft in Kuta. 

IGE and IKR reportedly snatched a mobile phone belonging to an Australian nationwide who was strolling again to his villa on Aug. 3, whereas IWJ and IKB stole a telephone belonging to a different Australian traveler on July 27. A solo thief, IWG snatched a telephone from an Indian vacationer who was strolling on a avenue in Kuta.

Below Indonesian regulation, every suspect might withstand seven years behind bars for theft.

Denpasar Police Chief Bambang Yugo Pamungkas informed reporters that regulation enforcers determined to carry a press convention on the web site, in addition to “showcasing” the criminals there, as a powerful warning in opposition to theft within the space.

“We wish to present those who no matter occurred in Kuta and the encircling areas in relation to theft instances with vacationers as victims, we agreed that we’ll conduct a agency and measured motion,” he stated.

It ought to be famous that, in Indonesian police lingo, “agency and measured motion” refers to taking pictures criminals on the spot.

Moreover, police displaying criminals in press conferences is the norm in Indonesia, however suspects are often afforded the chance to obscure their faces in an effort to defend their identification. Not solely have been the 5 suspects on this press convention unmasked, this was additionally a uncommon incidence wherein the press convention occurred exterior of a police station.

The press convention occurred only a day after a clip displaying locals “sweeping” the streets within the space for any sus people went viral over the weekend.

The video was a observe up from one other video displaying a male foreigner virtually having his telephone swiped whereas hanging out along with his associates on Kuta’s Poppies Avenue went viral final Friday.

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