Jakarta police detain 73 suspects in anti-street crime operation
Callistasia Anggun Wijaya
The Jakarta Post
The Jakarta Police have investigated 69 street crime cases and detained 73 suspects on the third day of a special operation targeting thieves and robbers ahead of the 18th Asian Games.
The force has deployed 16 teams from all precinct police stations in the capital for the operation, which takes place from July 3 to Aug. 3.
Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Argo Yuwono said 27 of the 73 suspects had been shot in the legs for resisting arrest.
"The suspects allegedly committed various crimes, such as violent robbery, motorcycle theft and hold-up," Argo said in a statement on Friday.
Argo added that police had confiscated some evidence, including motorcycles, sharp weapons and homemade guns during the operation.
A series of violent robberies was reported in the capital in the past few weeks.
Last Sunday, a 37-year-old ojek (motorcycle taxi) passenger was killed during a robbery in Cempaka Putih, Central Jakarta.
On June 24, Syarif Burhanuddin, the Public Works and Housing Ministry's housing director general, became a victim of theft while he was cycling in Kota Tua, West Jakarta.
Meanwhile, on June 8, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's expert staff member Armedya Dewangga had his computer, hard drive and cash stolen from his car in Tamansari, West Jakarta.
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