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Man Arrested For Extorting Visitors On Kuta Beach

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A 37-year-old man named Riandi Efendi from Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara has been arrested for extorting visitors on Kuta Beach.

The Head of Kuta Police Department, Kompol I Nyoman Gatra confirmed that the man who has been staying on Jalan Bhineka Jatijaya was arrested on Friday (30/4). When the suspect was arrested, he admitted that he had been extorting some visitors on Kuta Beach by impersonating a Balawista official using a walkie-talkie that he stole from the Balawista office.

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“The suspect admitted that he had been extorting Kuta beach visitors who drank alcohol on the beach, and he acted like he was a Balawista official by pretending to communicate with his stolen walkie-talkie while asking them to pay fines for drinking alcohol on public land.” Kompol Gatra said on Tuesday (4/5). The officers began their investigation after receiving a report from one of the Balawista officials, I Wayan Kresna Widarma (aged 27) after losing a walkie-talkie on March 12th 2021.

(Image: ©The Bali Sun – I Wayan Yatika)

The incident occured when Wayan came to his office that morning,  he was surprised after realizing that his office door was broken. Shortly after, another Balawista official named I Ketut Mertajaya also came to the office and then realized that one of their walkie-talkie was missing. During their investigation, the officers were informed that someone saw a suspicious man roaming around Kuta Beach area while carrying walkie-talkie on his hand. The suspect was finally arrested without a fight and is now being detained for further investigation inside Kuta Police Department’s holding cell along with the walkie-talkie that is estimated to be worth around USD 207 (IDR 3 million).

(Image: ©The Bali Sun – I Wayan Yatika)

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