Police in Bali are searching for two men in connection with a robbery on a villa in Umalas on Saturday 25th November.
CCTV footage shows a stocky man raiding the private vacation villa as his accomplice waited on a motorcycle while the two Australian guests were out on a day trip.
The incident has been confirmed by the Head of Public Relations for Badung Police, Iptu Ketut Sudana.
He has confirmed that two Australian tourists Jacob Riley Sala Tenna, 19, and Daniel Desmond Claassen, 19, have had items stolen from their vacation villa amounting to IDR 9 million.
Sudana told reporters that the two tourists immediately noticed something was wrong as they returned to their villas after a day trip white water rafting in Ubud.
The pair had left their Umalas villa around 9.30 am and returned at 5 pm He explained “The two victims reported it to the villa staff.”
He continued, “Upon receiving the report, the villa staff checked CCTV. In the CCTV footage, two unidentified stocky men entered the villa by prying open the front door. Then the incident was reported to the North Kuta Police.”
Sudana confirmed that the thieves got away with Apple AirPods, a Nike backpack, and clothing.
He added, “It didn’t take long for the two perpetrators to immediately leave the crime scene heading east. Both perpetrators were wearing helmets, their faces covered with [balaclavas], and wearing jackets.”
CCTV footage shows that the criminal who entered the villa opened the unlocked front gate, and then forced open the front door of the villa.
After successfully breaking into the door, the thief entered the building, while another waited on the motorbike. After five minutes inside the villa, the thief came out carrying a black bag.
“Until now our members in the field are still carrying out investigations.” While CCTV footage from the property shows the two men riding away on a motorcycle, the footage is not clear enough to identify the license plate.
Sudana told reporters, “Identification of the motorbike’s license plate used by the perpetrator remains ongoing.”
He continued, “However, we have gathered [important] descriptions of the suspects. Our next course of action involves a thorough analysis of the CCTV recordings.”
He concluded that “personnel will conduct checks on the CCTV placements in the vicinity of the crime scene and endeavor to profile the suspects.”
The victims are positive that they locked the villa behind them as they left for their day trip.
The police have received one report from a staff member at the villa complex who saw the door ajar at around 4.40 pm. However, she did not report any suspicious activity since she thought the guests were already in the room.
Although Bali is a safe tourist destination, sadly at this time of year there is always a spike in the number of reported burglaries on tourist private villas.
Tourists are always advised to leave their valuable and essential items locked in a safe or secure location when they leave their accommodation for day trips or when heading out.
Tourists are also advised to double-check that they have locked all their windows and doors before leaving their rooms, suites, or villas.
Before heading to Bali, travelers must check their travel insurance policies to ensure that their most valuable or irreplaceable items are covered in the event of a robbery.
The police in Bali have spoken out about their commitment to keep tourists safe and secure during their visit to the island. In the unlikely event of a burglary, tourists are urged to reach out to the authorities.
The police cannot crack down on crime or track down criminals if reports are not lodged.
Although a rigmarole while on vacation, in many incidences when thefts against tourists are reported to police within the first few hours of the crime, officers are able to track down the perpetrators and return belongings to their rightful owners.
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