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Man Arrested In Kuta Bali After Snatching Tourist’s Phone Admits to 5 Robberies

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24-year-old Made Jantan Wiradarma (a.k.a Alex) has been arrested after snatching a cellphone from a tourist on Jalan Padma in Kuta, Bali.

The victim that has been identified as Silvia Rima Palupi from Magelang, Central Java was on a motorbike with her boyfriend during their vacation on Tuesday night Sept 8th 2020 at around 8:00 pm.

Head of Kuta Criminal Investigation, Iptu I Made Yusdistira said that when the couple made a stop to check google maps,  the perpetrator suddenly snatched it from their hands.

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“The perpetrator and his friend approached them and snatched the Iphone XI Pro Max and then fled” Yudistira said during a press conference on Monday Nov 2nd 2020.

The couple attempted to chase the perpetrator but lost him in the crowd.

The estimated value of the phone was USD $1,288 (IDR 19 million). The couple immediately filed a report at Kuta Police Department.

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The perpetrator was finally been arrested at his house on Tuesday afternoon Oct 27th 2020 at around 1.00pm.

“After being interrogated, the perpetrator admitted that he had done 5 robberies already. 4 of them were in South Kuta, and the other one was in Kuta area. He had been accompanied by his friend, Agung Caper as a rider during the attempts,” Yudistira concluded.

The Officer is currently investigating the location of Agung Caper. The perpetrator was detained along with the evidence at the Kuta Police Department.

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

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