Three air conditioning thieves have been arrested by the police while attempting to flee from Bali.
The Head of the Ubud Police Department, AKP I Made Tama confirmed that the three perpetrators who have been identified as Maman (aged 30), Tejo (aged 29) and Karep (aged 41) were arrested on Wednesday (1/9) in Tanjung Benoa when they attempted to flee to Java with a minibus. “All the suspects who were previously reported for stealing air conditioning units in the Ubud area were finally arrested in the Tanjung Benoa area.” AKP Tama said during a press conference on Tuesday (7/9).
Prior to the arrest, the officers received several reports from residents in Ubud as their air conditioning units were stolen at the end of August 2021. “We received reports that the suspects have managed to steal 7 air conditioning units from 7 different locations in Ubud such as Jalan Raya Ubud and Jalan Raya Hanoman at the end of August.” AKP Tama added. Shortly after, the officers began their investigation by collecting information from the scenes.
The evidence and information led officers to a car that the suspect used to run their operations. During the interrogation, the suspects who have been working as construction workers and butchers admitted that they managed to steal the AC units by dismantling them and then selling them for cash. “They admitted that they’ve sold the AC units for USD 282 (IDR 2 million), and they also proved that they’ve done similar things in other regions in Bali in the past.” AKP Tama concluded.
Meanwhile the car owner named Maman admitted that he was only told to drive and was paid USD 28 (IDR 400,000) for his job. However, each suspect will potentially face 7 years of imprisonment to be held responsible for what they have done.