'Burglar' mistakenly hits non-empty house
The Jakarta Post
A homeowner and his neighbors have caught a man allegedlly in the act of burglarizing a house in the Pondok Timur Indah residential complex of Bekasi, West Java.
According to the police's investigation, the suspect, identified as "I", attempted to burglarize Imam Santoso's house because he thought Imam and his family had left for mudik.
"The homeowner had actually just gone out to visit a relative in the city," Bantargebang Police chief Comr. Siswo said as quoted by tempo.co. "When he got home, he was surprised to find a strange person in his house."
Imam apparently called out to his neighbors, who arrived moments later and tackled the suspected burglar, who surrendered immediately.
Siswo said the police apprehended another suspect, EF, at his rental house in Bantargebang, for allegedly planning the burglary. The police also confiscated two diamond rings, two gold pendants, one gold baby bracelet and Rp 1.5 million (US$ 107.32) in cash as evidence.
"Suspect 'I' was the executor, while EF was the mastermind," Siswo explained. "We had to shoot [EF] in the foot because he tried to fight back [during his arrest]," he added.
The National Police have urged Idul Fitri holidaymakers to ask neighbors or relatives to look after their houses while they were away on holiday, due to the prevalence of burglaries targeting empty homes during the extended holiday. (rfa)
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