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Dozens of thieves, robbers arrested during operation to combat street crime

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, July 6, 2018   /   09:03 am
Dozens of thieves, robbers arrested during operation to combat street crime Police show three suspected street criminals allegedly from a network of muggers called "Tenda Oranye" (Orange Tent) during a press conference at the West Jakarta Police headquarters on July 2. (Tempo/Lani Diana)

The Jakarta Police have investigated 57 cases of muggings, robbery and theft in Jakarta on the second day of a special operation targeting thieves and robbers ahead of the 18th Asian Games.

From those cases, the police have arrested 39 suspects, Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Argo Yuwono said.

Argo added that the police would deploy 1,000 officers to safeguard the city from July 3 to Aug. 3.

"The operation is being conducted to prevent [crime] and arrest people who commit street crimes," Argo said on Thursday as quoted by tempo.co.

Previously, a series of violent robberies had occurred in the capital. 

On 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.

Earlier, 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. (cal)