Team official reports losing cash in his room
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South Sumatra wrestling coach Suhardin says that he lost Rp 5.25 million (US$546) in his room in
the athletes’ village in the compound of Riau Islamic University in Pekanbaru.
“I reported this incident to a police officer who stood guard at the athletes’ village at around 9 a.m. [Thursday],” he told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.
“The police officer said another officer would come later. I waited until 1:30 p.m., but no one came.”
Suhardin said the incident might have taken place on Wednesday because he just realized that he lost the money when he wanted to buy groceries for his athletes the next morning.
He said he only left his room on Wednesday when he had to go for a match and when he had to go to the bathroom, which is situated outside and shared with other contingent members.
“The money was inside my wallet, and my wallet was inside my trouser pockets,” he said.
“At first I thought I might have dropped the money somewhere. But it’s impossible because I found the wallet still there, except for the money.”
Suhardin said he saw no one suspicious around his room on that day, neither was there any sign of forced entry at his room’s door.
“I’m not suspecting anybody. But the fact is that I hold one key, and the other two spare keys are in the hands of the committee.”
PON committee official in charge of accommodations, Indra Bangsawan, said three police officers were posted to guard the athletes’ village from morning to evening. A patrol car was also reported to come every three hours.
Pekanbaru Police detective unit chief Adj. Comr. Arif Fajar Satria confirmed the theft at the athletes’ village, but said that the police were yet to find any clues. “We’re still developing the case, and we’ll get this done,” he told the Post.
He also said two Kawasaki Ninja motorcycles were stolen at Riau Main Stadium on Tuesday during the opening ceremony.
“We have arrested five suspects allegedly involved in the motorcycle theft,” Arif said, while refusing to name the suspects.